a damaged VHS tape be repaired?
most cases, yes. If the plastic cassette itself was broken by
being dropped but the video tape inside is still in good condition,
the tape can be transferred into a new housing.
If the tape inside
was damaged or broken, for example by a faulty VCR, the tape can
be spliced. However, there are a couple of important things to
be aware of. This should only be done by a professional and must
only be considered a permanent fix if the splice is located at
the very beginning or end of a tape where it attaches to the clear
leader. If the splice is anywhere in the middle of the tape, the
fix should be considered strictly temporary. The tape should be
immediately duplicated and the original should never be used again.
Store the original somewhere so that in an emergency another copy
can be made after having the splice inspected. The reason this
is so important, is that the splice is made with an adhesive splicing
tape and adhesives, by nature, will fail in one way or another
over time and use. When the splice is not located at the end,
the splice will actually pass over the video heads which are spinning
at high speed. Any slight deviation in the surface of the tape,
such as a splice that is starting to separate, will usually destroy
the fragile video heads on your machine.
By the way, if you
happen to have a damaged 8mm or Hi-8 video tape, you should be
aware the chances of a repaired tape damaging your camcorder or
VCR are much greater. It is much more difficult to repair these