Last year I had an accident, which left me laid up on the couch unable to use my left arm for several weeks. Aside from the pain and fear of not knowing if I would ever be able to use my left hand again, being constrained to the couch was rough for me. I love my work and doing things and get great pleasure from checking things off my to-do list. It was an extremely tough situation but luckily my mom came to take care of me. My “get stuff done mentality” didn’t come from nowhere and as much as my mom appreciates a day spent marathon-watching TV shows in bed she started to get restless after a few days. She grouted my kitchen tile, cleaned out several drawers and dusted things like the tops of hanging light fixtures that I’d been neglecting. She not only looks for things to do, but looks for ways to make things better and more efficient. Seeing that my paper towels in the kitchen were sitting on a shelf she headed off to the hardware store and came up with this inexpensive simple solution. I loved it so much that I made a second one for our towels. This project is pretty simple but does require power tools. You can pull it off with a screwdriver but enlisting the help of a handy friend is suggested. Big thanks to my mom the person who instilled the DIY ethos in me long before I knew what DIY was.
What to get:
-Steel galvanized pipe ½ inch by 12 inches
-Steel galvanized pipe ½ inch by 3 inches
-Steel galvanized pipe elbow piece that fits ½ inch pieces
-Steel galvanized floor flange piece that fits ½ inch pieces
-Steel galvanized cap that fits ½ inch pieces
What to do:
1. Screw all the pieces together tightly.
2. Figure out where you’re going to put your holder and place it with the floor flange against the wall.
3. Use a pencil to mark the spots where the screws go.
4. Drill a hole slightly smaller than the screw in the spots where your pencil marks are.
5. Screw the holder into the wall.
*It’s helpful to have an extra person to do this since it’s hard to hold the flange on the wall and drill at the same time.