The Ultimate VCR Cleaning Quiz
If you're one of those people who can't part with their videotape collection, our "how to clean a VCR" quiz is just for you. Learn everything you need to know to keep that VCR running smoothly for years to come.
Question 1 of 10
Which type of digital technology has replaced most, but not all, VCRs?
... If you haven't replaced all of your videotapes with DVDs or Blu-ray discs, you are not alone. There are still some diehard VCR fans like you out there.
Question 2 of 10
_____ collects on the heads and rollers inside a VCR.
... Over time, dust builds up on the various heads and rollers inside your VCR. It can affect picture quality, and if it gets dirty enough, you may suffer playback or performance problems.
Question 3 of 10
How often should you clean your VCR?
... If you use your VCR machine often, one cleaning a month should be just about right.
Question 4 of 10
Should you use self-cleaning tapes that take a few minutes on the "play" setting to clean your VCR heads?
... Professionals don't recommend using self-cleaning tapes, because they don't clean very well and may even damage your tape heads.
Question 5 of 10
What's the best way to clean your VCR?
... The best way to clean your VCR heads is to open it up so you can have easy access to all the dusty, moving parts.
Question 6 of 10
What's the first thing you should do before opening up your VCR?
... Always remember to unplug any electronic device including your VCR before attempting to take it apart. Then remove the screws that hold the lid of the VCR in place.
Question 7 of 10
Before you start any cleaning, _____ the parts you want to clean.
... Before you start to clean, you want to locate the parts you'll be cleaning. These are the parts the tape comes into contact with -- the rollers and the heads.
Question 8 of 10
What should you use to blow out the loose clumps of dust in the VCR?
... Use a can of air spray to blow out all of the loose clumps of dust in the VCR. Then, remove them with your hand.
Question 9 of 10
Use _____ to clean the control, audio and erase heads in your VCR.
... To clean the control, audio and erase heads in your VCR, wet a cotton swab with alcohol and clean the sides of the heads and rollers.
Question 10 of 10
How many read and write heads does your VCR have?
... Your VCR may have as many as four heads located on the large, round metallic drum. The read and write heads are what actually play the video tape.
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