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Anything that relates to the LEGO bricks capacity of withstanding wear and tear or decay.

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How can I prevent rubber bands disintegrating?

These two answers partially answer this question., but I think it's worth its own question to find more options in a more comprehensive answer. Old Lego rubber bands are known to become brittle over ...
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How can I stop bricks 'skating' over plates?

I've just read all around the question about 'clutch power' from nine years ago and the changing molds, both here and on Rebrickable, but these don't answer my problem. Has anyone else had the problem ...
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What pieces are prone to breaking?

I've had a few pieces break over the years, which was a real bummer as I was not expecting them to. What are some commonly used pieces that are prone to breaking? Pieces that should be handled ...
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Are LEGO minifigs' arms supposed to come off?

I can get the arms off my LEGO minifigs, however, will doing so repeatedly wear them out?
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How to make LEGO unbreakable

I would like to build a LEGO model which is unbreakable. What is the best approach? I am not looking for just glue here. EDIT: I don't just want to strengthen the bond between the bricks, but the ...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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How much heat can LEGO bricks withstand?

I was thinking on making a decorative LEGO candle holder. It would be made out of regular ABS LEGO bricks, but also transparent ones. Because there will be an open flame involved, I want to make sure ...
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Strain Gauge on LEGO Bridge

I had an idea to teach my son (almost 4) about bridges and large structures from an engineering point of view. I thought that it would be cool to build a large bridge and put a strain gauge on it. One ...
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How much usage can a LEGO piece take before it loses its 'clutch power'?

In this article it's mentioned that one very important feature of the LEGO bricks are their 'clutch power' which is "the ability of its bricks to snap together tightly while also being easy to ...
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Age recommendations explained? [duplicate]

Can you explain the rationale behind age recommendations for various Lego products? For example, what makes a 4-7 rating different from a 6-8? Is it unreasonable to buy a set labelled 12+ for my very ...
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How does LEGO handle the breakage of Hero Factory sockets?

My son has a slowly growing collection of Hero Factory figures, and they have accumulated a consistent problem: socket connector cracking. The tips of the angular part of the limb which connects to a ...
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How long does official Lego monorail track last?

Given the high cost of official Lego monorail track, I was wondering how long it tends to last/if there are any maintenance tips or tricks? I'm planning on using power functions to reduce the start/...
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Preparations for outside display

I am thinking of using LEGO to make some outside yard art, (large minifig scale castle) and wondered what I should do to prepare them for being outside in variable weather conditions (in the Seattle ...
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Does longterm storage in a connected state harm the studs/tubes?

Does storing bricks in a connected state lessen their longevity?