Re: Audio/Video Repair Tools

John Holland (
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 09:50:10 -0500 (CDT)

I would not advise using an engraver or branding iron on your CDs. 3M
makes a security strip for CDs, with a plastic film to protect it. This
can also protect labels identifying your library too - just be sure to put
these on the label side of the disc and not the playing surface. Otherwise
try an indelible marking pen.

John Holland
Chicago Public Library
Film/Video Center

On Wed, 19 Aug 1998, Eric Fry wrote:

> Dear VIDEOLIBers:
> We are finally looking to put some professional staff into the Media Room of
> the San Antonio Public Library. One of the things we are looking into is
> the purchase of repair equipment for audio/videocassettes and for compact
> discs. (Most of our problems for the latter are just accumulated dust,
> fingerprints, dirt, etc.) We have compiled the following list. I am
> wondering if any of you have any further suggestions that might me useful to
> us:
> 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
> 1 Audiotape Mender Kit/Workstation
> (includes razor blades and splicing tape)
> audiotape replacement shells
> CD cleaning system
> (with extra pads and cleaning fluid)
> 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)?
> Thanks a lot for your valuable input. You may respond to the list or to me
> personally.
> Eric Fry
> Librarian I-Reference and Reader's Advisory Dept.
> San Antonio Public Library