Techniques and tips for using special elements.

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Was it once possible to put a 1x1 round into a minifig cup?

I remember being able to put a 1x1 round brick into the top of a minifig cup before my dark age (the period of time that a person stops building with Lego, up to the time they pick up the bricks ...
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What kind of design is comparable to these programming concepts?

I understand this may sound like a weird question, but bear with me here, OK? I'm getting ready to teach some kids introductory computer programming. We're going to use Scratch, a drag-and-drop ...
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What's the purpose of the clutch gear in Power Functions set?

I have just bought this set and wonder the purpose of the white gear in the middle: How can you use it in your Lego Technic projects? Is it available in other sets?
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What other uses are there for pull-back motors?

Sets 42010 and 42011 feature a pull-back motor. They have a very high torque for a very small numbers of turns, they then free-wheel. I'm trying to find alternate usage for them. That is anything but ...
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How can the “Bar Holder with Clip” part be used?

I'm wondering whether the "bar holder" end of this element (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=11090) can be used as a stud. In other words, would it have enough clutch power to hold e.g. a ...
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Why are 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side 2 studs deep?

This question is regarding the 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side. The two that I am aware of are 99206 and 87609: If you haven't seen them before, these are functionally somewhat similar to ...
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Why are minifigure wrenches tapered at the end?

The common minifigure wrench is tapered at one end. Why? None of the other minifigure tools are shaped this way. Is the wrench meant to also serve as a minifigure pry bar? Or perhaps as some sort ...
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How do I remove a racing helmet from a garbage can?

We have a red Lego racing helmet that has become wedged with its round side up in a 2 handled Lego garbage can. I cannot access any of the visor indentations, the face slot or the neck circle. I tried ...
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What is the best-practice for circular lego staircase construction?

Aside from using the grey key-hole shapes, I'm looking for a Lego-standard or best-practice method for building a circular Lego staircase? Requirements: 6-8 studs "wide" (from the center to outer ...
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I found this piece in a yard sale grab bag. What other elements do I need to make it work?

I found this piece in a yard sale grab bag. What element(s) do I need to make this element function as it was originally intended?
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Which Duplo bricks have practical uses in System building?

Traditional 2x4 and 2x2 Duplo bricks can be used to bulk out models and provide a structural support for landscapes, but have there been any other uses for Duplo bricks of all shapes and sizes in ...
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Can Lego soccer (football) parts be used for anything other than soccer?

I had the Lego soccer field, but took it apart. What else can the parts be used for besides soccer? I'm specifically wanting to know about the green bases and minifigure stands.