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From: Bored With the Bitch
Subject: Re: Cleaning video tapes
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2002 22:46:55 +0100
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On Fri, 4 Oct 2002 09:37:50 +0100, John Woodgate
>I read in sci.electronics.design that Bored With the Bitch
> wrote (in E09C358A3F1C@lp.airnews.net>) about 'Cleaning video tapes', on Fri, 4
>>My question is: Is there a device (or a service that I can take the tapes to)
>>that can clean the tapes themselves or is this just a waste of time / wishful
>>thinking? FWIW, some of the tapes are irreplaceable. If cleaning the tapes
>>is possible, I intend to transcribe them to VCD or some similar digital
>Have you tried a vacuum cleaner? Don't use a hand-held; the magnetic
>field from the motor may partially erase the tapes.
Actually, I did. That was my first idea. I have a "hand-held" with a 2 metre
hose and attachments. I'm sure it extracted -some- dirt, but I'm concerned
with stuff adhering to the tapes that wouldn't be so easily vacummed off. It
seems that the tape will have to be drawn past some kind of cleaning brush or
pad that would knock off the dirt without abrading the tape.
Since I posted last night, I thought about the issue some more and have come
up with some ideas how this might be done. But they are half-baked ideas at
this point in time so I'm not going to share them now. I will need to do some
experiments first on a tape I don't care much about.
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