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Teeth and pliers tend to leave unsightly marks on the bricks.

Fingernails don't work too well.

What tool do you recommend to separate them?

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These are called plates, by the way. 3 plates stack to a brick's height. –  BoltClock Oct 25 '11 at 20:10
    
Thanks for the term. I'll edit to reflect the correct terminology. –  Friend Of George Oct 25 '11 at 21:11
    
until I read below, I thought teeth were the next tool after nails. –  jfyelle Oct 27 '11 at 20:42
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I have found that to get a tile off of a baseplate you can use the minifig crowbar. –  J. Walker Jan 30 '13 at 18:08

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You could try the great brick separator. Designed for this it's probably your best bet.

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Perfect image... –  81bronco Oct 25 '11 at 20:02
    
You don't need two brick separators for this, do you? D: –  BoltClock Oct 25 '11 at 20:06
    
@BoltClock, no. I've managed it with just the one (although there's no harm in having two around. –  tombull89 Oct 25 '11 at 20:08
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hmmm, using a tool designed for the job...? -1 hack points +1 for correct answer ;) –  Steen Oct 25 '11 at 20:08
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I'd never understood how these worked until I saw the second image - cheers. –  Umber Ferrule Oct 25 '11 at 21:24

I (and my sons) use a plastic knife designed for children. We found ours in IKEA (larger bricks for houses)

I have also used this lego tool with moderate success

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I use a fingernail most times, or a guitar pick if the bricks are stuck too firmly.

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Fingernails are great - I use it a lot, but fingernails tear easily, so I love your suggestion for using a guitar pick. +1 –  awe Nov 2 '11 at 13:31

You can always try the Official LEGO Brick Separator. It would probably take a couple to work best on 1x2s though - one on the top, one on the bottom.

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Disclaimer: I haven't tried this personally.

You could use two removal-tools (one to grab the top piece, one to grab the bottom piece)

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I normally use two big bricks: one on the top and one at the bottom. Then you push down while rotating.

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+1 totally forgot that good old hack :) –  Steen Oct 25 '11 at 20:07
    
I always try the teeth first ;) –  pcantin Oct 25 '11 at 20:11
    
That's the easiest when all your brick separators are nowhere to be found (hint: wear the thing on your neck) –  Joubarc Oct 26 '11 at 14:20
    
With the new brick separator being in nearly every non-technic set over $50 (plus most Ideas/Cuusoo sets), it's hard to not have one within reach. :) –  gev yesterday

A flat-style staple remover (as opposed to the jaws style) does well to maintain the surface of a stuck brickage. It also can be jimmied back and forth without much slippage.

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There's the great LEGO Brick Separator that can be bought in the LEGO Online Shop:

Brick Separator

i love this thing, it's just great if you want to take care of your nails and teeth.

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would be nice to know why i'm getting a downvote for this. without a reason, a downvote seems pretty senseless. –  oezi Oct 27 '11 at 19:33

In addition to the Brick Separator, there are some parts that work well for this

brick separator alternative

Original here.

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Welcome to bricks.stackexchange.com! Please note that when answering with a link, it's usually expected that you add at least a summary of the link, so that people don't need to click it to understand your answer. Here, you'd need to embed the image itself, provided you're ready to license it under cc-wiki. –  Joubarc Nov 2 '11 at 5:05
    
@Joubarc, done. –  retracile Nov 3 '11 at 0:24

Or you could use, guess what, a new brick separator:

96874 — Human Tool, Brick and Axle Separator

I just noticed this one appearing on BrickLink and have no idea in what set it will come out, or if it will be sold separately, or if it will work with jumpers.

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Apparently, it will do jumbers thebrickblogger.com/2011/09/lego-brick-separator-new-version. –  Kramii Nov 2 '11 at 18:56
    
Nice find, and great article! –  Joubarc Nov 2 '11 at 19:06
    
These are now available separately and also seem to be included in some of the larger sets - I've gone from owning 1 of these, to about 6 in the last year... –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jun 26 '13 at 13:07
    
I should start buying sets from the current year, I suppose –  Joubarc Jun 27 '13 at 16:32
    
Using two new separators like this twitter.com/tienonsoftware/status/521925669731581952 –  Tien Do Oct 15 at 7:30

I've separated several plates (and bricks too) with a simple spring-based hair clip.

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Ew! No metal bits! –  gev 2 days ago
    
Why not? It's been quite successful for me. –  Scimonster 2 days ago
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Because metal damages our precious ABS bits. –  gev 2 days ago

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