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IDEA: An Inexpensive Way to Hang Paper Rolls

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We use lots of different kinds of rolls at The Glass Underground; ThinFire, Kraft Paper, Fiber Paper and Graph Paper. We needed a good, inexpensive way to hang them. This is what we came up with:


To hang three rolls above table height, you will need: 

6) - 5/16" Washers
6) - 5/16" Nuts    
6) - 4" Double Bolt Snaps
6) - 5/16 x 3 1/4" Eyebolts
3) - 60" x 15/16" Hardwood Broom Handles (for 40 - 46" rolls)
3) - 40" x 15/16" Hardwood Broom Handles (for 24 - 30" rolls)
72" Double Loop Chain #3

2) - 1/4" x 3 3/4" Lag Screw Eyebolts

To begin, drill 3/8" holes, 6" from either end of the 60" handle, or 4" from the either end of the 40" handle. Important! Make sure your holes are plumb on each side.

Locate your overhead framework in the ceiling. Make sure you are in a floor joist or ceiling rafter. Screw the Lag Screw Eyebolts into the ceiling framework, matching the distance between the holes in your broom handles as closely as possible. Hang the chain from the lag screws. You might have to slightly open the screws in order to fit the chain.

Run the Eyebolts through through the holes you've drilled in each handle, securing the screw with a Washer and Nut. Attach a Double Bolt Snap to each chain as far down as you want your first roll to hang. Make sure they hang at the same height. Do the same with the rest of the hardware down the length of the chain.

You are now ready to hang your rolls! When you need to change rolls, simply unscrew one eyebolt.


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