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Making Good: Simple Cassette Repair

So… I read blogs. Shocking right? Anyway, I caught the end of a blog train a few months back on Feather’s Flights, and thought, “how fun! I want to be a part of something like that!” So I emailed Agy, who was the mind behind the blog trian, and asked if she was going to do another one any time soon.

*oh, and making good totally puts me in mind of a line from a Wicked song. Complete tangent, but that’s what I’m humming while I type.*

Anywho… Yesterday the blog train stopped at Super-Hippie Eco-Person with a Dragon, and tomorrow it will be at Juicy Green Mom. I loved Judith’s post about starting seeds.

So Mackathanial has recently really gotten into listening to music and books.  He loves youtube music videos, and his CDs, but he really loves his books on tape. I found 3 books on cassette and a tape player at a thrift store, and they very quickly became his favorite things to listen to. But then, tragedy struck. The Badenator got into the tapes. A Color of His Own was completely destroyed, torn into about 7 long, stringy pieces. Alligator Baby had been snapped just in one place, right near the end of the tape. I had a feeling it could be saved, so I gave it a go.



We start with a broken tape.


A sad, sad broken tape.


Cut your ends so they’re neat and square.




Place one end on a little bit of cellophane tape.


Overlap the other end.


Wrap your tape around on both sides.


Wind the tape back in and play your fixed cassette! Ours is a little finicky, and won’t play over the repaired portion, but it works well enough, and we didn’t lose any of the story.

I’m hoping to keep the Badenator out of the tapes from now on, so I don’t ever have to make repairs again, but I definitely would if another tape was broken in a similar way. The tapes are so much fun, and Mackathanial will be getting a few  more for his birthday (yay ebay!). It’s always important to me to not waste, but it’s especially important to find a way to repair things that are not easily replaced.

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on “Making Good“.

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What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have?  Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft.  The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with. Have you mended anything today?

1 May – Agatha

2 May – Lisa

3 May –  Millie

4 May – Stella

5 May  Adeline Oon

6 May – Audrey

7 May – Yaney

8 May – Christine

9 May – Karen

10 May – Kareena

11 May – Lapis

12 May – Vicky:

13 May – Brandi,

14 May – Carrie

15 May – Deborah

16 May – Kathy

17 May – Cassandra

18 May Break

19 May Maegan

20 May – Judith

21 May – Vanessa

22 May – Joy

23 May – Julia

24 May – Amanda

25 May – Diane

26 May – Emily,

27 May – Emmy –

28 May –  Vanessa  –

29 May – Jean Chua –

30 May – Maya –

7 Responses to “Making Good: Simple Cassette Repair”

  1. Purfylle says:

    Great job on repairing the tape. I would have though it would be ruined forever.

  2. Brandi H. says:

    Maegan, what a super repair. I never thought that cassette tapes would be vintage, but they are. Gosh….I’m getting old.

  3. cucicucicoo says:

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea that you could do that! Hooray! (Now I need to just keep my fingers crossed that my last remaining tape player doesn’t die on me!) 🙂 Lisa

  4. Vanessa Leigh says:

    I am loving this old school repair! It makes me wish I had all of my old tapes from the 1990s! 😀

  5. Crochet Hooks says:

    oh man all the tapes i have lost and could have repaired!!!

  6. agy lee says:

    OH wow! I didn’t think anyone listened to cassettes anymore apart from me! Anyway, my hifi won’t play my cassettes now so I have a drawer full of them and they are too nice to throw away. Or might even find an old cassette player in the thrift store!

  7. Carlos says:

    Thanks for finally talking about >Making Good: Simple Cassette Repair | Mae & K <Liked it!


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