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How to (easily) remove tiles.
A simple and easy way to remove tiles is to use a pocketknife. It is an easy technique to master, and doesn't hurt you, break nails, bend boards, or take long. All you need is a pocket knife, or something with a thin blade.
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All you need to do is insert the blade at the base of the tile, and wiggle back and forth as shown. It takes less than a second to do each tile, no matter where it is.










you can even remove tiles that are surrunded by other pieces. Again, just insert the blade in the gap, and wiggle back and forth- this may take up to 10 seconds.













my mosaic- I didn't have enough tan tiles to finish.- do you like it?



you can also use this technique for any other piece



just make sure you have a thin blade.






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  October 8, 2011
Works every time! There's always that slight risk of scratching the Lego piece though...
  May 7, 2011
I prefer to use the brick separator...If you put the bottom end of it on the bottom of the tile and wiggle it under it works just as good. But unlike the knife, it can't get pieces that are surrounded. But then some people don't have the brick separator, so this is a good technique to use if you don't.
  May 5, 2011
I do a similar thing, but with an old painting knife. It's thin enough that it can slide under tiles and plates, but much less sharp than a regular pocket knife. I've only scratched a couple of pieces in over 6 months of using this technique.
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  April 18, 2011
Thanks, I Just Wanted To Make A Mosaic, But That Wasn't Original Work, I Used The Generation IV (DS) Sprite, So I Largely Based It Off That. I Also Did These Two, http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216452_1944568850866_1141835471_2300580_923569_n.jpg, http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216632_1944894259001_1141835471_2300835_7414701_n.jpg, Both Are Based ON The Generation III (GBA) Sprites.
  April 18, 2011
The brick separator can remove tiles easily too, unless they have tiles on all four sides.
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  April 18, 2011
My nails are strong enough that I dont have to worry. Good thinking, maybe something less sharp, a butter knive.
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  April 18, 2011
Good idea! To everyone complaining that it might scratch the tiles or yourself, you could just use a screwdriver on your knife if it has one. It might scratch the pieces a little, but it would be less then when using a blade.
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  April 18, 2011
I always did that when I was little. But I've been more careful when doing that now. Good thing I have my pocket knife on my person at all times. :)
  April 18, 2011
Hmmm, I think a butter knife would be better to use, but I guess a thin knife would work just as well. Good technique!
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  April 18, 2011
Oh, now I have to get a thin blade! :)
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  April 18, 2011
Thank you so very much
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  April 18, 2011
I like it, but I don't like to damage my pieces. You can remove tiles on much easier and safer way. Scroll down to the 11th picture of my old Monster4 review on Kockice. http://www.kockice.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=3409 You can also use tool you get with games and that new red thing that bandits use to robb the bank and other stuff. ;) I think I will make tutorial for purists. =)
  April 18, 2011
I have an old butter knife that works well and as it is not sharp my kids let me use it...
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  April 18, 2011
There's also the other method--- use particularly unbitten fingernails to wrench the tiles out.
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  April 18, 2011
G, your getting heaps of stuff on the homepage!
  April 18, 2011
A brick seperator does tiles - buy two and you can split apart plates and tiles of the same size. Using a knife will scratch a part or cut a hand sooner or later.
  April 18, 2011
G'day Timinater, as showed on the megafactory's show on NGC the new crowbar and the older more commen fork spanner can be used to remove tiles. Greetings, Benjamin
  April 18, 2011
ouch;-)
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  April 18, 2011
Quoting Sabby M. It's funny because that exact same knife is sitting right in front of me. Good technique if you don't want to remove a bunch of tiles. I just think it might damage them a little bit. Maybe not.
nah, it doesn't damage them.
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  April 18, 2011
Quoting Topsy Cret -The Timinater ! Brick separators sold by LEGO do remove tiles.
really? can you give me a pic of one?
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  April 18, 2011
-The Timinater ! Brick separators sold by LEGO do remove tiles.
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  April 18, 2011
Quoting Josh Cooper Good idea. Lego sells brick separators, I have one and I love it, and its probably better for the pieces, but I think this is still a decent alternative.
thanks- the main difference is this seperatetes tiles as well.
 I like it 
  April 18, 2011
I use this alo tbut I cant' find my swiss at the moment D= I got a bunch of small plates for christmas and I used it to seperat them
  April 18, 2011
Good idea. Lego sells brick separators, I have one and I love it, and its probably better for the pieces, but I think this is still a decent alternative.
The Timinater !
 I like it 
Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  April 17, 2011
Is The Mosaic Based On A Picture, Or Just Making A Mosaic Of A General Person? Also, I Do Mosaics Using 1x1 Bricks, But They Are Huge, http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217134_1948277583582_1141835471_2303955_2924745_n.jpg This One Is 5201 Bricks....
 I made it 
  April 17, 2011
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free Is The Mosaic Based On A Picture, Or Just Making A Mosaic Of A General Person? Also, I Do Mosaics Using 1x1 Bricks, But They Are Huge, http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217134_1948277583582_1141835471_2303955_2924745_n.jpg This One Is 5201 Bricks....
That is a sweet mosaic!
 
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