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Removing the Plastic Case from VHS Film

What's the easiest way to remove the plastic from the film on 200 VHS tapes?

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January 12, 20190 found this helpful

Here is an article www.tgrantphoto.com/.../panasonic-ag-1980-removing-a-stuck...

m.youtube.com/watch?v=54ZywRLM41A
And here is a YouTube

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January 14, 20190 found this helpful

It does not appear that you are trying to salvage your VHS tapes - at least not 200 of them so I assume you are interested in how to recycle these tapes.

Here is one set of instructions:
"Cassettes and VHS tapes have 5 small screws that hold them together. The right size Phillips screw driver makes it quite easy. Inside most cassettes there is a small shiny piece of metal that could be used in crafts.

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You can see it behind the pad. Remove metal pieces before scraping the plastic."

Here are a couple of good YouTube videos that show exactly how to do this.
Be sure to have some containers ready that will hold all the screws and metal pieces.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dIfEzbO9WQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvFK22ToJTo

Here is a site to check if you have a recycle center in your area. Add your zip code and VHS.

search.earth911.com/

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January 14, 20190 found this helpful

Are you trying to get the tape out to use for a craft? If so, just take a flat screw driver to the case and out comes the tape. It tangles easily so don't try to pull it all out. Kinda work it from the base. It makes a neat double crochet. I have had good luck with double, single is harder.

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January 14, 20190 found this helpful

That would take forever, any other ideas? I'm using the ribbon for a project but don't care about the plastic.

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January 16, 20190 found this helpful

I have a friend that makes several crafts with the tape and she removes it just like she was going to recycle them. After she removes the cover the tape is right there on the spindles and can be unwound.

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I'm not sure there is another way as the tape is so easy to tangle when trying to unwind while still in the case and is usually not very usable. If you do not go very slow it will sometimes break.

These things were made to last forever and they probably will.

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