Is it more efficient to colour code your LEGO bricks or sort them by shape? What are the best combinations of elements if you've not got enough boxes for each type?

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Has anyone automated the LEGO hand sorting process beyond “pawing & piling”?

I need to rephrase my question. Has anyone built or used a large pigeon hole/ chute/ bin collection system to sort LEGO elements? The sorting system doesn't need to be made of LEGO bricks. I just want ...
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What are proven methods to sort/categorize a large number of parts?

How would you recommend to sort your lego parts? Finding a certain part in a box with parts of about 20 models takes ages :) Should I sort by color? Or by size? Another category?
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How are LEGO bricks categorized?

What are the names and categories of LEGO bricks? Is there a consistent naming scheme? Does Lego have an official name or identification for different pieces?
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Does anyone have any successful techniques in searching for lego bricks in a pile?

We typically tip our box of Lego bricks onto a giant sheet (so that it can be easily picked up) but searching for bricks becomes really tricky and time consuming. You often remind yourself, "you'll ...
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How do i organize all my LEGO bricks and parts? [duplicate]

I just have a massive amount of lego laying around in a container. Kind of hard to sort through whenever i need parts. I was wondering if anyone has experience with many different sizes of lego bricks/...
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How to sort complete sets from box of unsorted LEGO

My son has thousands of pieces of LEGO, but he has them all dumped in a box. Is there any way to figure out what sets they went to if I don't remember the names of them?
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How to sell massive, vintage and unsorted lego collection with manuals? [duplicate]

So I was a big LEGO collector as a child in the early 1990s. The genres I have are town/city, pirates, and castle. To store them, I broke them all down to fit into 2 giant plastic tubs. I still have ...
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How can I catalog my LEGO pieces?

I have a fairly large LEGO collection, but not large enough that I can build anything and everything, given instructions. It's already organized quite well, but how can I catalog the pieces I have so ...
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Best way to match minifigs and tell what set they are from?

What is the best way to match minifig torsos, legs, heads? Is there a listing of all LEGO minifigures? I have a lot of minifigs with torsos and legs but have no idea which head goes with it. ...
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Personal part collection on the web (Bricklink or alternative)

I started using Brinklink a few months ago and although I really like it the interface is terrible. I am looking for a specific feature but don't know if it's unsupported or just I cannot find it. ...
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How to speed up assembly for big LEGO technic sets (e.g. 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs)

Is there any ways to help speed up the assembly process when building big LEGO Technic set such as the 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs?
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Does the LEGO company sell LEGO brick organization bins? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some storage options? Are there official LEGO brick storage and organization bins available? If not, then what good 3rd party options are there? I'm looking to ...
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Options for sorting old and new versions of colors

I'm working on sorting my LEGO collection. I'm sorting by part then color, with colors mixed when it makes sense (e.g. black is separated out, but medium blue and dark red are together). I'm trying to ...
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Minimizing brick loss during play

Lego bricks are obviously made for playing---and should be played with. But, as a parent who strives to keep the set collection in order, it is not fun when bricks get lost after play and sets become ...
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How do I quickly count pieces?

I have LEGO pieces divided into partitions in something like a tackle box, each of which indicates how many pieces are supposed to be in that partition. With few exceptions, each partition only holds ...
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What is the quickest way to weed out compatible bricks from loose LEGO?

When I buy LEGO in bulk, I often find that there are at least a few clone brand bricks mixed in with them. What is the quickest way to weed out these non-LEGO parts?
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Do you know where I can get a Brick Vac?

I am in dire need of a Brick Vac. The 2 boys 5 and 7 are building daily, but still have plenty of strays on the floor and the end of the day. With the growing popularity of Lego City building sets, ...
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What is the best way to sort LEGO bricks?

I live in Hungary. I have tens of thousands of bricks at home. Over 1000 sets plus bricks. Most of the sets are sorted and packed separately, in their original boxes if they can with a box. ...
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Lego brick management tips [duplicate]

My 4 year old son loves to play with Lego and we encourage him. We built a few sets together and he mostly builds stuff from his own imagination. He likes to build new sets with us and to follow the ...