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    Exclamation HI8 tape repair

    I have slowly been copying all my fathers HI8 tapes on to my pcs to back them up just for this exact reason.
    Unfortunately one of the tapes had snapped before I got to it.
    I need to have it fixed.
    Does anyone know of a place to get it done that is in Auckland and does not cost too much?
    Or a friend that does it?
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    Default Re: HI8 tape repair

    DIY. Cut the 2 ends square. Line the ends up so they are flush with each other recording side facing down on table bench. Get a piece of cellotape cut to size and stick to the back. Job done.
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    Default Re: HI8 tape repair

    You can buy special tape for splicing video or audio tape which is much better than sellotape. Sellotape is too thick and does not always stick permanently whereas splicing tape does. The splicing tape needs to be stuck to the shiny side. The two pieces need to be exactly lined up to each other for two reasons: If there is a gap, the sticky part of the tape contacts the heads and makes the heads dirty and if they are not stuck close together you will have a lot of noise on your picture.

    If you feel that you do not want to attempt the job yourself, it might be a good idea to contact one of the firms that copy tape to DVD. I'm certain that if they do not repair tapes they will know who does.
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    Default Re: HI8 tape repair

    I have an audio tape gizmoo here for splicing and joining audio tape. It has special joining tape and yes I agree sellotape could be a bit thick but have used it for audio tape when I ran out of the special tape, and it seemed to work.
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    Default Re: HI8 tape repair

    I would do it Trev's way, with one critical addition:

    Don't let the Sellotape go past the head

    (If you hold your fingers the right way you can spool the tape with the rubber end of a pencil. You are probably already doing that.)

    I would also throw the tape away as soon as it's copied. The gum from the tape edge will spread to the rest of the tape and damage the head
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    Default Re: HI8 tape repair

    Just try and play back something 5 years later that has been spliced with Sellotape. You'll be lucky if you get past the first few feet before the goo rips the tape apart..
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