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LEGO Techniques - Using the Brick Separator

When I was kid I had two tools at my disposal for separating plates from other pieces.  The first one was my fingernails.  But as I have a habit of chewing my nails down to nothing that wasn't always an option.  The second tool was my teeth.  I've always had strong teeth until lately but of course this has the same function as remolding pieces into unintended shapes.  At times I may have grabbed one of my mother's butter knives which she wasn't too thrilled with.  "Really mom?  You should see what I'm doing with my teeth!"  I don't recall having a pocket knife until my teens and even then it didn't occur to me to use it as a LEGO tool.

Lo about 6 years ago I discovered for the first time the Brick Separator tool.

In the meantime I had made a good go of figuring out basics of physics in regards to separating my LEGO pieces.  Most of the time you need a fulcrum.  It should keep the base of the resistant piece firm, grip it near the top, and rotate it off.  Or you could pry near the bottom and hope to shoot it off into the heater vent.

I had to planned to show many ways of using the brick separator.  Then I found that TLG had made a handy little guide:  (Click the link from the following page to download an interactive pdf).  I found the guide to be good for basics but a little lacking in variety.  The methods they show are a good start to most problems, but certainly not all.  The one on the lower right, removing a tile, does not work for me.  At least not often.  I have found it simpler to turn the separator upside down and use it that way.

When removing rows of tiles, I've discovered that you can run the (upside down) blade edge along the whole row and pop them up like a giant worm might do in a Kevin Bacon flick.  Or if you've got pieces bridging across plates, just shove the separator straight through underneath them and watch the carnage.

You may encounter a situation where the grippage of two pieces is so tight that you cannot simultaneously grip and pry the assembly at the same time.  In these cases try employing one separator per piece.  One on top and one on the bottom acting in scissor formation.

Sometimes you may not have your tool handy.  Like a certain credit card, you should never leave home without it.  Wouldn't it be great to carry it on your keychain?

I'll keep this post updated with visuals for all the ways you can use this nifty piece.  Meanwhile, sound off in the comments if you have a unique method.