1. Monica Sallouti February 5, 2016 @ 11:20 am Reply

    Good morning! Is there a tutorial on how to use the Demco reattaching tape (item number 1267003)? This tape, which I’m not sure is even called reattaching tape, is not the easiest to use, so I’m thinking there must be a better way. It is just like the double-stitched binding tape (zero width), but is has 4 adhesive flaps. Is it best to attach the tape to the signature, then fit it in? Or is it best to start by adhering one side to the book and then working the signature in? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you, Monica

    • John Ison John Ison February 16, 2016 @ 8:53 am Reply

      Hi Monica,
      I believe the product you are referring to is called single-stitched binder tape. We discussed that product and detailed how to use it correctly in the blog post in mid-September.
      A video detailing correct usage is also available on the Demco web site. Copy the link I have added at the end of this message into your browser. It will take you to a description of the product and the “videos” tab there will take you to the video.
      Single-stitched binder tape is used to repair a book with one broken hinge. If both hinges are broken so the text block is separate from the cover, use double-stitched binder tape which was discussed the the blog in late September.
      I hope this answers your question. If not, please feel free to contact us again. Here is the link to the product:


  2. Zanele November 15, 2017 @ 12:29 am Reply

    Quotation for damaged books that need to be repaired:
    (1)16x23cm-65 copies.
    (2)23x17cm-4 copies.
    (3)25x24cm-12 copies.
    (4)19x14cm-125 copies.
    (5)15x15cm-2 copies.
    (6)18x12cm-28 copies.
    (7)30x23cm-56 copies.

    • Liz Bowie Liz Bowie November 15, 2017 @ 11:49 am Reply

      Hi, Zanele,
      Demco does not currently offer book repair services. We do, however, have lots of instructional content on how to make your own repairs. Simply search “book repair” in the search bar above and you’ll find lots of information. Thanks!

  3. chennadu scaria February 7, 2018 @ 4:24 pm Reply

    Hello John, I’m trying to put together my personal Bible. you can see its current condition: separated text block and hard cover, the text block itself split into two blocks, and the hard cover torn apart into two. Unfortunately this wasn’t a well bound Bible, and the pages are very thin and fragile. But I’d love to keep it. I purchased a roll of Demco double stitched binder tape (1-1/4″), a 4″ Demco® Poly-coated Cloth Tape, Demco® Norbond™ Liquid Plastic Adhesive glue and a bone folder and brush and all. Now I need to get to work. How do I attach the two pieces of the text block together, into one block? Stitching the signatures where it broke apart? Do I use a super on the spine on the text block, or just use the double stitched binder tape? Should I remove the think coat of glue in place at the spine of the text block before using the double stitched binder tape? Any more additional advice will be highly appreciated. Thanks!

  4. Liz Bowie Liz Bowie February 14, 2018 @ 3:20 pm Reply

    Hi, Chennadu,
    See below for John’s answer:

    Chennadu, Thank you for your excellent questions and for including the photos. Since you already have the necessary supplies it seems you’re well on your way. Regarding your question about bringing the two sections of the text block back together, the double-stitched binder tape will serve as your new super so nothing more needs to be done. Just follow the steps outlined in the post “Rebuilding Broken Books, Part 2”. You asked whether to remove a coat of glue on the spine of the text block. In the photos it appears there may be a paper super attached to the two sections of text. If that is the case, and if it’s attached securely to the text it might be best to leave it in place. However, if there is glue which has become brittle with age it’s best to remove it so the new adhesive can be a good grip on the pages.

    I noted that the original spine is in relatively good condition. You may elect to reattach that to the cloth tape after you have completed the rebacking as shown in the post “Repairing Damaged Covers”. There is a video link in that post that will walk you through that process. I note that you are using poly-coated tape so please use some fine sandpaper to remove the poly coating on the spine before attaching the spine of the cover to ensure the Norbond attaches securely.

    That should return your Bible to serviceable condition but if you have any concerns or questions feel free to contact us again.


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