Fixing VHS tape:came off spool?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Dickie Peters, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. I have a number of VHS tapes with things I have recorded over the
    years and I'm saving until I can convert to DVD. Unfortunately,
    several of these are brakes as during the rewind process, when it was
    near the end and should have stopped, the tape was ripped off the
    spool. How difficult is this to fix and does anyone know of any
    instructions, online, to help do it?

    Dickie Peters, Dec 14, 2006
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  2. I would say it is self-explanatory. Remove screws, open case, remove
    the clip from the hub, reclip the good tape to the hub, put the case
    back together.

    You do need to be careful, of course.

    If my "instructions" are too terse, try using Google.
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 14, 2006
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  3. Dickie Peters

    Mike Fields Guest

    But first, give some serious thought to *why* the tapes were
    ripped off the end of the spool -- if it was the same vcr, fix it
    first (or replace it). Only time I had one ripped off, it was the
    problem of the VCR not handling the tape correctly (instead
    of slowing down near the end on fast rewind, it stayed at full
    speed so it was really moving when it hit the end).

    Mike Fields, Dec 14, 2006
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    Jim E Guest

    It is extremely difficult to clip the clip back onto the can be
    done but be prepared for it being really tedious trying!
    Jim E, Dec 14, 2006
  5. ...

    "Jim E" wrote ...
    Typically, the shells are made with much stronger (usually clear
    or white) "leader" which is attached to the reels. The actual mag
    tape is then spliced onto the leader. Audio cassettes are made
    that way also. You can buy "C0" tapes with nothing but leader,
    then you splice in however much real magnetic tape you need.

    If the broken tapes have just separated at the splice between
    the leader and the mag tape, then it is a relatively simple process
    of splicing them back together.

    NOTE: Be sure to use real "splicing tape" which is meant for
    videotape, and never regular office "magic tape", etc. Using
    the wrong kind of sticky tape to splice will really gum up the

    If it was really ripped out of the hub, then disassembly will be
    necessary, etc. The hubs usually have a plastic insert which
    "clips" the leader into the hub. After the hub is removed from
    the shell, it is relatively simple to push the "clip" out, re-insert
    the leader/tape, and snap the "clip" back in. The disassembly
    and reassembly of the shell are the hard part. The actual
    connection to the hub is rather simple. At least the ones I've
    played with.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 14, 2006
  6. Excellent point, but I wasn't trying to write a full treatise ;-)
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 14, 2006
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    archvillion Guest

    Has happened to me. What I figured out is that you really don't have
    to get the tape to attach permanently to the spool. Get the tape
    stable enough so that the spool can be spun a few times. The tape will
    then be "attached" enough to run it once through the VCR so it can to
    be ripped to your PC. Then you're done, presumably. Make sure you're
    keeping track of the cassette's pieces as you disassemble it, because
    you'll need to put the pieces back together to make the tape run
    properly, and this can get confusing. First time I did it, I lost
    track and had to open a second tape cassette as a reference guide.

    Good luck.
    archvillion, Dec 15, 2006
  8. Thank you and to all who offered me advice/help.

    I think I will find one or two junk tapes to practice on first and
    once I feel comfortable in doing it, then I will go and try and fix
    the important ones.

    Thanks again.
    Dickie Peters, Dec 16, 2006
  9. Dickie Peters

    GMAN Guest

    Listen to Mikey, its most likely the EOT (End Of Tape) sensor that is failing
    in the VCR.
    GMAN, Dec 17, 2006
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