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I have some LEGO winches/strings with hooks.

picture of winch

Putting these away inevitably results in tangled strings (the next time I take them out). Even winding them up doesn't help.

Storing these in drawers and/or shelves is not an option for me. I keep most of my LEGO collection in a LEGO Star Wars box.

Is there some way I could build other bricks onto these so they won't unwind?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

I take 2 of these: 1x4 with holes

Place 2 pins in the holes Technic pin

And then sandwich the loop of string between.

It works well and you likely have the pieces lying nearby.

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Thanks - I'll try this! – Peter Cassetta Oct 28 '11 at 2:40

i've put mine into one of these little film-cans:

film can

very simple, but effective: that way they're easy to find and can fly around in a big LEGO-box with all the other bricks without getting tangled.

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You could try wrapping the winch in a rubber band to prevent it from becoming unravelled.

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