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Brick Fatigue (or cracking) when model remains assembled too long?
I just received a thoughtful comment
on my LEGO Storage Guide
about potential damage to LEGO bricks by leaving them assembled, or storing unused parts in stacks.Nathan asked: "I store my common bricks in stacks as a way of color sorting and being able to do quick counts due to the consistent stack size and haven’t noticed any reduction in clutch, but then I’ve only had them in stacks for maybe 5 years... Is [brick fatigue] something there is actual research on or just something everyone knows?"I do not think there has been a definitive study on this topic, but it there is, please let me know!
I have always believed that LEGO bricks can become fatigued or damaged if they remain assembled for too long.
In my personal experience, I have seen quite a few relatively new LEGO bricks which cracked after remaining assembled in a model for just a few years. Specifically, I've seen about 100 cracked bricks in the past three years, most of which were white bricks: mostly 1×1 Cheese, 1×1 Headlight Brick (Erling), and standard 1×1 Bricks. (I have a lot of White bricks, and it's especially easy to see a crack in a white brick.)
Even if there hasn't been a definitive study on this - what have you experienced?
- Have you found that bricks which were stacked became weaker than bricks which weren't?
- What about cracked bricks - has it happened to you?