Re: repairing videotapes

Rick Faaberg (
Thu, 6 Feb 2003 17:00:24 -0800 (PST)

On 2/6/03 4:09 PM "Mike Boedicker" <> sent this out:

> Do you repair damaged videos or simply discard them? The two local places
> that did our repairs (a photo store and a video rental store) stopped doing
> it, so I bought a kit to do the job myself but frankly it sucks (both the
> kit and the process). I'd be interested in hearing your policies re damaged
> tapes. Thanks.
> Mike

In my regular life (before being laid off from being Director of
Multimedia), we did repair tapes whose brown part had become separated from
the leader, but we didn't undertake repairing the brown part itself. We
always purchased a new replacement copy if circulation demanded it. In some
cases we had multiple copies and the other copies were sufficient to pick up
the slack for the damaged tape and so we wouldn't buy a replacement in that

Bottom line was that I didn't want to jeopardize the schools' equipment with
a splice on the brown part of the tape.


Rick Faaberg