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How to use the fischertechnik Rivet Holder (the Riegelschlussel)!

This instructable describes how to use the fischertechnik Rivet Holder!

I play with different educational manipulatives for a living. (Visit www.weirdrichard.com and www.edventures.com). Over the past two years, I have constructed many fischertechnik models that require rivets. Many many rivets!

The fischertechnik rivets I use the most are the Single Rivet 4 (S-Riegel 4, #36323) and the Single Rivet 6 (S-Riegel 6 #36324). The Single River 4 is twelve mm in length (the pinning barrel is four mm long), and is used to pin two elements together. The Single Rivet 6 is sixteen mm in length (the pinning barrel is six mm long), and can be used to pin three elements together.
 
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Step 1: Rivet Holder (Riegelschlussel #35799)

The Rivet Holder (Riegelschlussel #35799) is by and large the most useful tool. You can use the Rivet Holder to insert and twist connecting rivets. The Rivet Holder speeds up the building process, allows rivets to be inserted into tight places where it is difficult to use fingers, and can be used to move rivets along building block grooves.

Rivet Holders are available in certain kits available from a fischertechnik retailer, and can be purchased as a spare part from www.fischertechnik.com. They also come up for sale on ebay.

Step 2: Using the Rivet Holder

Picture of Using the Rivet Holder
The Rivet Holder is easy to use! Insert the the head of a rivet into the slot of the Rivet Holder.

Step 5: Other Applications

Another application of the Rivet Holder is sliding rivets into the slots of building blocks. This is difficult to perform by hand, and the Rivet Holder makes the task much easier.
Denger4 years ago
You're exactly right -- that's precisely how to use this Fischertechnic  tool.  Well done Instructable and graphics.
Cool I guess, I think I used to have these things...
dsman1952766 years ago
o wait now i get it. it is for tool tips month.
dsman1952766 years ago
i dont know how much this is needed but good instructable anyway.