I’ve been cleaning house lately. One thing on the chopping block was my massive collection of VHS tapes that I’ve accumulated over the years. Since they’ve been stashed in the basement and I haven’t needed anything from the collection in several years, I decided it was time to part with it.
But, as with any media, you should wipe it first. Sure, I could use a bulk eraser (which I have access to). The problem is they are not 100% effective. You get a sine-wave affect on picture clarity usually. Plus they make an unholy sound when running, tend to smell from the heat and cause chew up electricity rapidly. I also read that big magnets from speakers are effective.
But the only way to be 100% sure is to stripe them. So I’ve acquired a few VHS decks (they’re not hard to find, look under “Good Will” as they are currently overrun with them, having been kicked out of the living room by DVD– don’t worry, you’re next DVD). The decks will now serve to erase my whole collection. And they’ll most likely never play another tape again when it’s through.
After that, maybe to the Good Will, or maybe I’ll glue them together into a chair. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.