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Learn how to make Pistons with Redstone
Pistons are redstone mechanisms that have the ability to push blocks. An alternative version, the sticky piston, sticks to any block it pushes against, allowing it to both push and pull. These blocks enable you make redstone machines with moving parts and can enhance your builds in big ways.
What Can You Do With Pistons?
Pistons unlock tons of great new possibilities, such as...
If you're trying to keep the entrance to your base hidden, pistons are your new best friends. You can build a door made with regular blocks, and when a switch is flipped the pistons can activate and pull those blocks aside to open the way.
A Redstone Circuit Kill Switch
Pistons can be used to break a redstone circuit in multiple ways. One way is to have the piston push into a path of redstone dust, removing the dust and breaking the circuit. Another is to have a block of redstone that's pushed or pulled by a piston, adding or removing the circuit's power source in the process.
Valves To Control The Flow Of Liquids
It can be valuable to have a flow of water or lava on-demand, whether to push items towards a drain or to power an obsidian generator. Thanks to pistons, you can open or close a passage to control the ability of liquids to flow, giving you an easy and convenient way to start and stop the flow as needed.
How To Use A Piston
Place down your piston. The wooden piston head will try to point at you automatically, so use this to orient it whatever way you want.
Lay out a path of redstone dust leading away from the piston.
Add a power source, such as a button or lever. Activate the power source and the piston should extend.
If you are using a sticky piston, place a block against the head of the piston and see if it gets pulled when the piston deactivates.
Things To Know
Here are some basic rules to know about working with pistons.