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Step 1: Reel tape back
Reel as much tape as you can back into a VHS cassette by flipping up the front flap. Push the button beneath the flap on the right side to hand-crank the visible tape back into the cassette.

Step 2: Pull gently
Push the eject button while simultaneously pulling gently on the front of the cassette to see if it will come out on its own. If not, you're going to have to coax it out.

Unplug the VCR from the electrical outlet. Don't chance getting electrocuted while performing this seemingly simple rescue feat.

Step 3: Disassemble the VCR
Inspect your VCR to determine how to remove the housing cover, either from the top or on the bottom. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws and gently pull away the cover.

Consult the manufacturer's instructions for the best way to disassemble the VCR.

Step 4: Free the ensnared tape
Scrutinize the inside of the VCR to determine how the tape is trapped. Use tweezers to carefully pull the tape upward and away from the VCR components.

Step 5: Remove cassette
Once the tape is loose, hold the door open so as not to snag or twist the tape and pull the cassette out of the VCR.

Step 6: Reattach the housing
Screw the cover back on. Now you can plug the VCR back in for your viewing pleasure.

Did You Know?
The first professional Quad videotape machines, introduced to the U.S. broadcasting world in 1956, used 2-inch wide reel-to-reel tape.

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