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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies (July 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0071395776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071395779
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Diane Westerman on May 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was pleased with this book, because of all the repair information it had. Prior to this I had bought similar books that I didn't check out completely and found them to be extensive owner's manuals. I know how to use and hook up my VCR, what I wanted to know is how to repair one. I found this book to be loaded with helpful instructions, on cleaning and repairing your VCR. I have many dog earred pages and post-its sticking out of it. One problem area for me was trying to identify the different parts on MY new VCR, even though there were many useful photos throughout the book and the book isn't that old. I also have an untrained eye, that could be some of the problem. Even with my "handicap," though, I got a lot out of it and am looking forward to my next purchase of volume II. With electronic equipment it pays to have the lastest information. Nevertheless, there are many parts in Volume I that make it well worth the purchase. To me it's a continuing set.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Great Movie Addict on May 25, 2005
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This book often makes VCR's seem easier than they are. Don't expect an easy go of it; there's scads of detail here, and the pictures are plentiful and well done (digital edition). I needed a good VCR to transfer my old tapes to DVD. If you've seen the junk available in 2005, even at prices often exceeding $500, you'll do what I did -- find used high-end VCR's from the 1990's in decent shape, and learn to maintain them yourself. In that regard, this 2000 book covers those very units. Its directed almost entirely at VCR mechanics, though some elements of electronic troubleshooting and basic component replacement are here as well, including video heads and head amps. Frankly, I wouldn't know a brake shoe arm or head amp from a hairbrush, but this book was exceptionally useful in leading me through uncharted territory. It won't be your only source; many Websites will also be consulted, and you'll eventually need a service manual for your specific VCR (around $20 on the 'Net). It's ironic that when transferring VHS to DVD, a VCR with superior playback is more important than ever, yet good new VCR's don't exist unless you can sink 5 grand in a pro broadcast unit -- and even then, you'll see more plastic than you'd expect. I'm still plowing my way thru this useful book after a month, but it has helped beyond my expectations. If you want to find and keep a good VCR, start here.
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I fixed my VCR, I think this book is definitly worth the money. I want to find a repair manual on DVD/VCR players next.
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By oedipus1 on January 2, 2013
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Love it. Great resource. I have used a copy from my local library. I wanted a copy of my own. In depth repair with photographs.
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Very informative and direct. The author is very practical in that he knows you are not going to design it, and therefore no electronic theory is presented. That can easily be found on the internet. If you want a nuts and bolt approach to VCR repair, this is it.
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