RE: Audio/Video Repair Tools

Charles Ebert (ebertch@oplin.lib.oh.us)
Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:56:26 -0700

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Eric,
Here are some comments based on my experience.

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[] << 1 VCR Tape Mender Kit
(includes scissors, razor blade, screwdriver, splicing tape)
9-piece tool kit (more screwdrivers and pliers)
videotape replacement shells
videotape rewinder/cleaner [] >>=20

I've only had experience with two of these kits. One is made by =
Multi-Video, Inc. It's main advantages are that it is made of wood, =
which makes it a substantial base that won't move around on you too =
much. It has a frame that VHS tapes fit into nicely, with a gutter in =
the front to hold the tape guard out of the way. With the tape placed =
upside down in this fashion, they supply a metal plate that fits into =
the bottom of the cassette reels. Then there is a handle that allows =
you to move the tape manually to find the damaged area.

One thing I'd consider if I were you is getting a power screwdriver. =
When you've got a whole stack of videos to repair, these things make it =
go much faster. Of course you have to develop a "touch" to keep from =
breaking the cassette when driving in the screws, especially on cassette =
tapes, but that isn't difficult. We haven't lost one yet since we =
started using ours.

Also I think after awhile you'll find that razor blades don't work very =
well. It's hard to get a clean cut with them. We use scissors.

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[] << 1 Audiotape Mender Kit/Workstation
(includes razor blades and splicing tape)
audiotape replacement shells [] >>
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Audiotape is the worst! It's so fragile, easily stretched, and broken. =
Plus you can get a twist in the beginning and then side one becomes side =
two played backwards. I don't even attempt to fix those. Too hard to =
find the twist.

Once again razor blades don't work.

[] << CD cleaning system
(with extra pads and cleaning fluid) [] >>=20

Any good cleaning system will do. We use Discwasher. It is also =
possible to buy stuff that will fix small scratches. They are =
essentially waxes that match the refraction index of the clear plastic =
on the bottom of the CD. In theory, the wax fills the scratch and =
allows the laser in the player to read the information on the disc =
again. We've had limited success but you may want to try it.

[] << Also, does anyone have any thoughts about the purchase of either =
an engraver
and/or a branding iron for audio/videotapes and CDs? Are these items =
very
practical (read: easy to use) and are they worth the investment (do they
really deter theft)? [] >>=20
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I used a branding iron in the library where I worked previously. You =
had to be careful because when you removed the iron, it would pull some =
of the plastic with it, making the tape edge irregular. If it sticks =
out too much, it can cause problems in some VCRs.

Hope this helps,

Charles Ebert
Head, Audio-Visual Services
Muskingum County Library System
Zanesville, OH
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