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

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

96874 — Human Tool, Brick and Axle Separator

(http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=96874)

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

brick separator alternative

Original here.

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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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  • As of now it has been replaced with a new variation. Jun 12 '20 at 15:03
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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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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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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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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 usually put 1x2 bricks on the top and bottom of the stack of plates. This gives me enough leverage to break up the stack between the two plates. Afterwards, I remove the plates from the bricks.

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

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    Ew! No metal bits!
    – gev
    Oct 27 '14 at 22:11
  • Why not? It's been quite successful for me.
    – Scimonster
    Oct 27 '14 at 22:12
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    Because metal damages our precious ABS bits.
    – gev
    Oct 27 '14 at 22:14

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