How to TP a House
It all starts with double-rolls
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2010 10:53 AM CDT
A file photo of toilet paper being tested for quality. Halloween pranks require double-rolls.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) Wired wants you to know it doesn't condone toilet-papering anyone's house or yard tonight. But just in case:

  • Quality counts: Forget the cheap stuff. Only double-rolls will get the job done. Unpackage the rolls ahead of time and put them in bags.
  • Throwing: Before doing so, unravel about three arm lengths (but don't hold onto the slack while throwing). Beginners should toss "it up and over with a strong but steady upward swing—a bit like you're bowling, except with a much higher release point."

  • The pros: Expert TPers can use an overhand throw for better height and, yes, backspin. And as experts surely know, "spin in the direction of unravel is critical, as tension will tear the paper."
  • General advice: For best results, the roll "should unravel during flight and gently settle across any branches or other overhangs. If you're relying on the branches, etc., to grab the paper and help unravel the roll, you will fail."
  • Legalities: If this constitutes vandalism in your neck of the woods, better think twice.
Click here for the full, evolving advice. (It's an open wiki thread.)