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Removing VHS Tapes from Their Cases

I wanted to do a project using the ribbon film from my old VHS tapes, the only problem is that there are around 100 tapes. Does anyone know a fast way to get the ribbon out?


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January 15, 20190 found this helpful

You can go outside and pound the tapes with a hammer

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January 20, 20190 found this helpful

When we were still using a VCR, I'd occasionally have a tape that would break off the spindle. I'd take the tape apart with a tiny screwdriver from a glasses repair kit, retape the broken beginning to the spindle, and then put the whole thing back together.

If you do that, and leave the cover open, the tape should easily unwind. I'm saving a lot of mine to crochet something.

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January 23, 20190 found this helpful

I don't think there's any quick way to do it. You either have to pound them or undo a screw like the others said


another way is to break off the movable plastic part in the back, grab the tape (it will then be visible after you do this, like with cassette tapes) and pull the sucker out till it pull no more, then cut off. YOu will lose some at the spool but should be able to get most of it

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