Is there a rationale behind this or is it just habit or personal preference with no thought put into it? I’ve noticed that many seem to have a preference/habit, but never really gotten into the discussion with anyone.
Me, I always install the roll with the paper flowing out on the bottom. Why? Partly habit, but when I was recently questioning myself on the issue (hey, I didn’t have anything to read handy, what else are you gonna do?) I realized that the reason I prefer this is that it is much easier to manipulate that way. You have the leverage of the roll to pull up against when tearing off, and don’t have to use two hands or do weird angles to get a fast, clean tear going.
Also, you have gravity working for you…the edge tends to fall down for easy future access, as opposed to sitting on the top of the roll or behind it.
I HATE over the top tp rolls, most often encountered in public restrooms, it seems. Only thing I hate worse in this area are those big rolls of very thin, newsprint-like tp that you have to manhandle and tear off 10 times just to get enough to wipe after peeing and you STILL get your fingers wet. Economical, I’m sure, but frustrating as hell to the customer! Oh, and starting a new roll, and some are a BITCH to get going! I’ve been known to, in the middle of the night or when otherwise not up for doing a careful dissection, just rip into the top several layers just to get to an end already. Can we NOT produce a roll of tp that doesn’t require bright lights and a scalple to get rolling?
But I suspect that for all my well thought out reasons, it comes down to what I am used to and is just a silly little anal hang-up (no pun intended:D)
(can you tell I REALLY need a job? This is getting ridiculous, lol!)