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Bent piece: what is the proper way to flatten it?

77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,434
i have this piece that was bent (presumably) it was caught in a bad spot and weighed down.

what is a safe and proper way to flatten it?
will it crack as a result?

Thank you!


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  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,089
    Put it between two heavy-ish books for a couple of days?
    catwrangler
  • Game_onGame_on USAMember Posts: 90
    Almost wonder if you couldbuild it into something to straighten it out. 

    Like stack a couple layers of full size bricks  on top and bottom to pull it back into position.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,479
    You may want to apply some heat whilst it being flattened.
    SprinkleOttermadforLEGOMr_Crosskiki180703catwranglersid3windr
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,708
    I've never had any luck with unbending working.
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 583
    Easier said than done but if you have any of the classic train weight pieces that would make the task a whole lot more effective. You could also use identical pieces lower down and above to make a consient tower.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 364
    edited September 2018
    SumoLego said:
    You may want to apply some heat whilst it being flattened.
    Be extremely careful with that, it could easily just warp in different ways. It only takes a tiny amount to make it not fit or lose clutch. The inner structure (tubes) where it's bent is most vulnerable.

    Just apply small amounts of weight over a long time and monitor progress. Trying to flatten it in one go might snap it. This seems to work for baseplates.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,188
    SumoLego said:
    You may want to apply some heat whilst it being flattened.
    Be extremely careful with that, it could easily just warp in different ways. It only takes a tiny amount to make it not fit or lose clutch. The inner structure (tubes) where it's bent is most vulnerable.

    Just apply small amounts of weight over a long time and monitor progress. Trying to flatten it in one go might snap it. This seems to work for baseplates.
    Just use really hot water, not boiling per se, but just hot water on it from a faucet while trying to straighten it out. I agree, you do not want to apply too much force or you can cause a stress mark
    gmonkey76
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,434
    Thank you all for the recommendations.

    I will try weighing it down gradually.
    If that doesn't work over time, I will try the scalding hot water technique.
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 607
    I'll go ahead and ask a dumb question, is this a rare expensive piece to just replace?
    Switchfoot55
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,434
    Hanzo said:
    I'll go ahead and ask a dumb question, is this a rare expensive piece to just replace?
    No. But it’s annoying and I don’t want to rubbish something that can be salvaged.
    Hanzomak0137
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Maryland, U.S.AMember Posts: 364
    Better to try it here on something simple so it's no deal if it snaps rather than on an actual valuable part.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,297
    If it does crack, you can always cut it and use it as a custom sized smaller plate.
    Baby_Yoda
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda The world's backsideMember Posts: 1,078
    ^ Please, no! Oh god, no!
    Astrobricks
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,297
    If something is broken beyond use, it might as well be used to practice customising skills rather than nothing or throwing it away.
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