How to Fix a Damaged VHS Tape

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To fix a damaged VHS tape, open the tape and make sure there is no grease on the tape and that it is not too wrinkles. Wind the wheel on a VHS tape until the tape goes back in with instructions from the owner of a TV and VCR repair shop in this free video on VCRs.

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Hi, I'm Bill from ARC TV and in this segment, I'm going to show you how to possibly save a damaged video tape. First thing to know is there's a little button on the side that opens the cover up. So open that up and take a piece of scotch tape, gently put it on there to keep that out of your way and then always inspect the tape. Make sure there's no grease on it because if you put a tape back in that's picked up grease from the inside of your machine, it will smear it all over the heads and then you'll need to have it professionally cleaned. So if there's no grease on it, you can just simply twist it back into the cassette. Also make sure it's not too wrinkled. If it has too many creases, it may be a problem also, in that case you'll have to cut out that piece and re-splice it which is a whole other matter. Simply turn the wheel till it goes back in, take off your tape and you're ready to try it out.

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