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My floor is covered in bricks. My bare feet can't take much more abuse. Is there a way of collecting up the bricks easily, or should I just get on my knees and start scooping them up with my hands?

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I like to get out my Loader-Dozer (from LEGO Rock Raiders) to clean up my bricks, inspired from its function of removing rubble in the video game. I'm so meta like that. (Should this be an answer?) –  BoltClock Oct 26 '11 at 10:56
    
Probably - now you mention it, I remember using the Technic front loader shovel in a similar way - forgot about that though as it's been sitting in a box in the loft for too long... –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Oct 26 '11 at 14:26
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I use small children - well, it's usually their fault, so they might as well be tasked with picking them all up again! –  Rory Alsop Oct 26 '11 at 14:59
    
@daviesgeek: Done! –  BoltClock Oct 27 '11 at 17:32
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A dustpan & brush will do a good job:

hand brush + dustpan

Just make sure you don't pick up too much dust with the bricks!

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It's called a dustpan, not a shovel ;) –  BoltClock Oct 26 '11 at 10:57
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thanks for the hint, i changed that - i'm not a native english speaker, so i just translated the german "handfeger und schaufel" ;) –  oezi Oct 26 '11 at 10:59
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I actually have somewhere a special Lego picking up device. It has two wheels on the sides and when you slide it across the floor, these turn an attachment at the front. The attachement is basically like the thing on the side of a paddle boat, but taking up the whole width of the front, and it throws the lego pieces into the back of the device as it turns. It works marvelously on carpets!

Edit: It's a Brick Vac.

Brick vac picture

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Found it! I shall not be insulted if you bow to the master of Google-Fu. :) Hey, I meant me! –  Peter Cassetta Oct 27 '11 at 17:10
    
Thank you!! I couldn't find it earlier on. Also, although thee picture show what is technically Duplo, it works brilliantly on Lego and Lego Technic. –  Tom Macdonald Oct 27 '11 at 22:17
    
Shouldn't be too hard to make an automated Mindstorms robot doing just that –  Joubarc Dec 10 '12 at 8:17
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I know the sheet-on-the-carpet idea has been mentionned already, but why not go for a full LEGO solution?

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=787-1

And if you want another pure LEGO solution, I give you… the Brick-O-Dile!

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The best idea is just using prevention: Put a big white cloth on the floor, and when you want to clean up, put the corners together and collect the parts from the middle.

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This is what my brother and I did as children –  Clara Onager Nov 5 '12 at 16:13
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I like to get out my Loader-Dozer (from LEGO Rock Raiders) to clean up my bricks:

Obviously this is inspired from the video game, in which the same vehicle serves to remove rubble:

I'm so meta like that.

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"Loh-dah Doeser" –  Pubby Oct 27 '11 at 18:24
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@Pubby8: "Ruh-bull" –  BoltClock Oct 27 '11 at 18:25
    
Let me guess... "-1 for nostalgia"? Wait, that's not right... –  BoltClock Oct 27 '11 at 18:35
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Hoover. Or bare feet. They both work well ;)

Seriously though, I'm a bare hands kind of guy if I've not followed the instructions, and split them all over the floor as opposed to doing it on the table or a large butlers tray.

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I agree about the bare hands technique! Also, my young dog is quite adept at finding the pieces. –  Grandpappy Oct 26 '11 at 14:20
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I seem to remember Hoover made one specific model which was LEGO-friendly; that is, LEGO parts were supposed to go in another compartment. They even offered a small set with it. –  Joubarc Oct 26 '11 at 14:27
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One easy way to prevent them from getting into the carpet, is to first spread the Lego over a sheet that's on the ground. Then you can just pick up the corners and dump the pieces back where they are stored.

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We have a rule that you only play with LEGO at the dining room table. The pieces are too little to be played with efficiently on the floor. It's much easier to tidy away as you have a smaller space that you can sweep into a box. Any small piece that gets dropped is picked up by the Roomba iRobot!

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The question is not about the merits of playing on the floor but about what to do to pick up pieces once they're on the floor. On the other hand, I also prefer to build on the table so I don't lose pieces. –  pcantin Dec 10 '12 at 3:19
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