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Jim Bishop
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 - posted March 23, 2016 01:16 PM      Profile for Jim Bishop   Email Jim Bishop   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi. Has anyone found a method of expanding spools which have somehow 'shrunk' & become too narrow for film, please? Thanks. Jim [Confused]

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James Wilson
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 - posted March 23, 2016 02:20 PM      Profile for James Wilson   Author's Homepage   Email James Wilson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I stuff the reels out with newspaper and leave.
works for me.

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted March 23, 2016 02:26 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This has been discussed in previous threads. Here is a pic of how I have done it and depending on the type of plastic in the reel I have had good results.

Try this...
Wrap something around the inside of the reel to hold it open wider (I've use some romex cable in this example). I then use a hair dryer to heat the plastic. This sometimes takes multiple uses of the hair dryer for best results.

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Pasquale DAlessio
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 - posted March 23, 2016 02:34 PM      Profile for Pasquale DAlessio   Email Pasquale DAlessio   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Same method I use and it works great!

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Jim Bishop
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 - posted March 26, 2016 04:02 PM      Profile for Jim Bishop   Email Jim Bishop   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you Everyone, much appreciated - I'll give it a try...

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Will Trenfield
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 - posted March 27, 2016 06:32 PM      Profile for Will Trenfield   Email Will Trenfield   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I often see tape recorder spools being used for cine film on eBay.Although similar, I can remember reading that they were unsuitable for cine film. Is this correct?

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Joe Taffis
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 - posted March 27, 2016 07:51 PM      Profile for Joe Taffis   Email Joe Taffis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Will,
Yes, audio tape spools tend to be a bit too narrow for film...

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Gary Crawford
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 - posted March 28, 2016 08:48 AM      Profile for Gary Crawford   Email Gary Crawford   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yes...those audio tape reels have smaller hole and will fit standard 8 machines, but how you'd use them for Super 8, I'm not sure. And yes...they are narrow and usually made of stiffer plastic than film reels....so in the one time I tried one, the squeal was deafening.
Have tried the hair dryer trick and it does work....and your hair comes out dry, too.

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Janice Glesser
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I forgot to add...Using romex to reshape the reels has an added benefit. The wires inside the romex casing get heated also...thus stay hotter longer than non-metallic materials. Heating the reel on a towel...top of your bed...or perhaps a pillow will also keep it heated longer. I use this technique on both 8mm and 16mm reels. After wrapping the romex around the reels I use a zip-tie to hold it in place.

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John Richard Almond
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 - posted March 28, 2016 04:59 PM      Profile for John Richard Almond   Email John Richard Almond   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Janice.............you are a mine of great info.....thanks for the input.

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