Constructing a Backyard Swimming Pool

Stephanie Stoltz

WRIT 3562W: Technical & Professional Writing

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Table of Contents
Introduction…………………………………..……………………………………....................……………3-5 Equipment/ Materials ……………....................………………………………….…...……………….3 Installation……………………………....................………………………...….……………………...3 Navigation……………………………....................………………………...…………………………4 Control Panel…………………………...................…………………………………………………...5 Instructions for constructing a “Backyard Swimming Pool”…….....................………………..…………..6-11 List of materials ………….…………………...................…….……………….………………………6 Procedure steps……………………………...................………..…………………………………..7-11 Pool walls…………………......…………………..……….……………………………7 Stairs………………………………………………........………………………………8 Water……………………………………………….........…………………………..9-10 Decorations…..……………………………………….........………………………10-11 Appendix……………….……………………………………………………….....................……………12-13

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Introduction
Purpose This manual will step by step go through the procedures of constructing your very own “Backyard Swimming Pool” using Lego Digital Designer. Audience Intended audience includes, but is not limited to, college age students who are familiar with computers. Equipment/Materials In order to construct your own “Backyard Swimming pool, you will need a computer that is connected to the internet. You will be downloading programs, so make sure if using a public computer that you have this capability. Installation Installation takes place in several few steps. 1.Open a web browser 2.Go to http://Idd.lego.com/download/archive.aspx 3.Choose which kind of computer you are using Mac or PC and click appropriately 4.Follow subsequent downloading directions

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Navigation
Selecting Bricks The Brick Palette (figure 1) is located on the left part of the screen. First select the category of brick. Then click on the category once to display the bricks in that category. Changing Views To view the model from different angles use the Camera Gadget (figure 2) located at the bottom right corner of the screen. Press on the arrows when you need to view the construction from a different angle. Also, click on the plus sign (+) to zoom in, and the minus sign (-) to zoom out.

Figure 2 Figure 1

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Control Panel
Original Brick Selection When selecting bricks, the Brick Palette (figure 3) will show both a variety of shapes and colors. Select the color and size of brick by simply clicking once. Selecting Placed Bricks To select a brick that has previously been placed, click on the arrow tool located in the right control panel. Copying Placed Bricks To place multiples of the same brick, place on brick, and then select the Clone tool located in the right control panel. Deleting Placed Bricks To delete a brick that has been placed in your construction, click once on the icon X in the right control panel. Another option for deleting bricks is to click on the brick and drag it to the Brick Palette, releasing the brick by clicking on the Brick Palette.

Figure 3

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Instructions
List of Materials To construct your very own “Backyard Swimming Pool” you will use the several different bricks, from several of the different brick categories. Total blocks needed: 247 Basic Bricks 84 brown bricks (2x2) 108 medium blue bricks (2x2) Tiles 45 brown plate (2x2) 35 blue flat tile (2x2) Decorations 1 leaves 3 element 2 spruce trees, small 7 gray fence (1x4x2)

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Instructions: Step by Step
Constructing pool walls 1. Click on the basic brick brown bricks (2x2) to construct a rectangle 8x6 squares. See figure 4. HINT: It will be much faster if you use the clone tool.

Figure 4 2. Once you have one layer constructed for the pool walls, continue to use the clone tool to make the walls three bricks tall, in total you will use 84 bricks for the walls. NOTE: At this point you might find it useful to change views

Figure 5

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Instructions: Step by Step
Constructing stairs 3. Once completing the pool walls, you will move on to creating the stairs. Go to the brick category palette, and select tiles. 4. Select the brown plate (2x2). Start in the outside corner of the pool and place three tiles, one on top of each other (it will be three high). 5. Continue to place tiles along the edge of the pool, each time increasing the height by one tile. You will stop when you get to the stack that is nine tiles high. 6. Directly to the side of the first stack you constructed (three tiles high), construct a pile that is two tiles high, and another tile to the side of that (directly to the side of the stack four tiles high). See figure 6 NOTE: It will be to your benefit to switch views while trying to place steps, especially constructing the last two stacks.

Figure 6

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Instructions: Step by Step
Adding the water 7. To fill the pool with water, you will again select basic bricks. This time choosing the medium blue bricks (2x2). 8. Fill the inside of the pool walls, a 6x6 surface with the medium blue brick. Use the clone tool again, as it will be useful. Continue to fill the pool until you have completed three layers. 9. Continue to place tiles along the edge of the pool, each time increasing the height by one tile. You will stop when you get to the stack that is nine tiles high.

Figure 7

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Instructions: Step by Step
Filling the water 7. To put the final touch on the water, making a clean surface, select the blue flat tile (2x2). 8. Cover all but the corner top left block, using a total of 35 tiles. Adding Decorations 9. Now select the decoration on the category palette. 10. Place one leaves 3 element in the top left corner of the pool NOTE: This is the one corner you did not place a flat blue tile in. 11. Select the spruce tree small block. Place one in the top left corner just outside the pool and another in the lower left corner as shown in figure 8.

Figure 8

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Adding Decorations 12. Go back to the category palette, and select the gray fence (1x4x2). 13. Place seven fences in a line two squares to the left of the top left tree. 14. CONGRATULATIONS. You have constructed your very own “Backyard Swimming Pool”.

Figure 9

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Appendix

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Appendix

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