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When I retired and handed over my specialist video repair business in 2002, I promised myself that I would never again have anything to do with electronics. Well, yesterday, my 24 hour time lapse security video recorder failed to work and I decided that immediate attention was required so I removed the covers from a VCR for the first time in ten years. fortunately the answer was simple, the capstan belt had lost it's elasticity. Capstan motors in early VCR's had the simple task of pushing the tape through the machine at a constant speed, but in later machines it also operated all the mechanism including injection and ejection of the cassette, and so it's important that there is no slippage. A new 73mm x 2mm x 2mm belt will be with me on Saturday. I wonder how many dishonest repairers made lots of money over the years from such simple faults. (I'm not one of them)
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First of all nobody can fault you for fixing your own equipment. Second, i have no clue about fixing said electronics. I can tear apart a computer and rebuild it. I can program a $4000 cnc machine to cheat at my woodworking. I can even build a small boat or canoe. However, when i crack the case on a VCR or the like, i look like a monkey trying to do algebra. Years ago i gave up working carpentry, home construction etc. I do work at it for myself or friends so i guess you could say i went back on my own promise too.

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Looks pretty simple to me Harry....if you want a few "pointers" dont be afraid to ask.............AL
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Looks simple to me too, simply impossiable!!!!

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First of all nobody can fault you for fixing your own equipment. Second, i have no clue about fixing said electronics. I can tear apart a computer and rebuild it. I can program a $4000 cnc machine to cheat at my woodworking. I can even build a small boat or canoe. However, when i crack the case on a VCR or the like, i look like a monkey trying to do algebra. Years ago i gave up working carpentry, home construction etc. I do work at it for myself or friends so i guess you could say i went back on my own promise too.

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In spite of spending 50 years repairing consumer electronics, I was always too busy to get involved with the inside of computers with just two exceptions, I once successfully replaced RAM chips in one of my computers but the next time that I attempted it I used force and cracked the mother board! Needless to say, I now stick to what I know something about. Being a member of this forum might just take your mind off women!

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It's so nice to see a relatively new member who has completed his/her profile. It's so easy now to know what sort of questions we can ask you. It's also easy to answer any questions you may have in the future.
In spite of spending 50 years repairing consumer electronics, I was always too busy to get involved with the inside of computers with just two exceptions, I once successfully replaced RAM chips in one of my computers but the next time that I attempted it I used force and cracked the mother board! Needless to say, I now stick to what I know something about. Being a member of this forum might just take your mind off women!

"Being a member of this forum might just take your mind off women!" Not likely, and the repeat was meant more so as a joke!

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When I retired and handed over my specialist video repair business in 2002, I promised myself that I would never again have anything to do with electronics. Well, yesterday, my 24 hour time lapse security video recorder failed to work and I decided that immediate attention was required so I removed the covers from a VCR for the first time in ten years. fortunately the answer was simple, the capstan belt had lost it's elasticity. Capstan motors in early VCR's had the simple task of pushing the tape through the machine at a constant speed, but in later machines it also operated all the mechanism including injection and ejection of the cassette, and so it's important that there is no slippage. A new 73mm x 2mm x 2mm belt will be with me on Saturday. I wonder how many dishonest repairers made lots of money over the years from such simple faults. (I'm not one of them)
I am greatly surprised that you can still obtain a new capstan belt!

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When I had the specialist video repair business Tom, I had some big contracts with banks, petrol stations and the railways. When I retired I passed the business to my son who of course carried on with the contracts, and when finally, because of the flood of low cost VCR's the business was no longer viable and closed down, Paul, although having a well paid job as a broadcast technician, carried on with the contracts working from his home workshop and of course kept a good supply of spare parts just for these machines and he's coming to dinner on Sunday, hopefully with the belt. At the end of the contracts the machines were scrapped and replaced with hard drive recorders.

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Here are the two belts, the new one is INSIDE the old one!
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