Here is my first instructable. How to make rope/cord from a VHS Tape.
(back story) I saved a bunch of recordable VHS tapes from the dumpster. I, like most people, consider VHS to be out-dated and poor quality. So in-turn I wanted to repurpose these tapes. One of my ideas was to make rope / cord from the magnetic tape inside. I was amazed to find no one else has done this (or maybe I didn't look hard enough). Thus starts the instructable.
- 1/8" metal rod (could probably use coat hangers)
- Couple pieces of scrap wood
- VHS tape (of course)
- Drill bits (size of your metal rod)
- Screwdriver (to open the VHS tape)
- Razorblade or scissors
- Gloves (important as always)
- Pliers (I used linesman pliers)
Step 1: Open your VHS tape
This step can vary depending on the way you want to open it up. You can unscrew the screws holding it together and it should come right apart (depending on stickers covering where it separates).
Technically you could just try to smash it open if you don't have a screwdriver. However I found these VHS tapes are rather tough to break.
So it is now open and you have the tape. Hopefully the tape is completely on one spool [Be Kind Please Rewind]. If it is not, manually wind it on to one spool. And cut to separate from the other spool.