Oops :(

12 11 2007

IMG_1468.JPGI have a lot of laserdiscs. Last count had it around 210. Since we moved almost 2 years ago, about half of these were stored in the basement in what I thought was a stable box.
Well, it wasn’t.
Apparently the box had shifted and moved around a lot, and ended up with the discs leaning over on one side, where they stayed for a year. The end result is I now have a dozen or so burrito shaped laserdiscs.
I’ve reconfigured the stack, and owing to the fact that laserdiscs weigh a helluva lot, I’ve placed the ‘bent’ discs interleaved at the bottom, and placed the rest on top of them. Hopefully this will restore some sort of flatness.
If I have to write off the bad discs, it won’t be the end of the world. Most are available now on DVD (and have the benefits thereof, like better resolution and added features and stuff), but I don’t like having to replace movies I already own.

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12 11 2007
metahacker

My dad used to use a combination of gentle pressure and heat to straighten warped LPs; it might work here. Specifically, a piece of heavy glass laid on top of the records (padded, I think with a cloth or towel), and then a giant lamp shining at it to provide sustained gentle heat. Leave like that for a few hours…

12 11 2007
dbs

That’s not a bad idea. I’m going to use the long-term pressure approach first (giving it a week or so), then i’ll check the results.
A good idea though.

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