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.
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.