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  1. I used the attached chart, although there probably are much better versions out there. I highlighted the major lines each in different colors to make it easier to read. I took with me to the exam a clear plastic triangle and a 6" stainless steel rule. With a combination of these tools, I didn't have to draw lines or make pencil marks on the sheet. Psychrometric Chart.PDF
  2. 25'x44' isn't big enough for all three of those desires IMHO: garage/shop/gym. I have a 24'x40'. Holds two project cars, a small Kubota tractor, work area, and some shelving/cabinets. Its excellent for a garage and shop but there is no way I'd have the room for a gym. I also have an attached garage on the home for the daily drivers, kid's bikes/toys, and lawn equipment. Definitely run hot/cold water to it with some form of drain...I wish I had water lines running to mine. Power with a 100A sub-panel. Run at least two 220V lines: one at 30A for a compressor, one at 50A for a welder. Insulate the building well. For heating, I use a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim heat pump system. Heats that puppy up in a matter of minutes, it's efficient, and is works as an A/C on those hot summer days. I'd also suggest 10' ceilings so you can use 8' or higher garage doors.
  3. Ouch! I didn't realize the cost of these review courses. I'm a fan of self paced studying. The MERM and the associated PPI/NCEES materials are adequate to prepare you for the exam. Supplement with a few textbooks such as Shigley's, Machinery's Handbook, etc. and devote yourself to working problems for a minimum of 2.5-3 hrs/day, 6 days/week, and you will be adequately prepared IMHO.
  4. There is practically no difference between MERM12 and MERM13 unless you are taking the HVAC exam.
  5. Hopefully you have at least 8ft ceilings in your basement! I made that mistake before....
  6. Impressive! Oh how I miss my pair of yellow WR16's. Loved everything about that shoe even though I stress fractured in them. My last set of WR's were the blue 17's that are in your picture. I didn't like them at the start, they were such a drastic change from the 16's but I began to love much better than these Brooks Launch's. I'm assuming those black ones are the new 19's? How are they?
  7. Sounds like a pretty good strategy to me...if you have the time to do both the MERM and Shigley's problems. Now that there isn't any thermo/hvac to focus on, this may be a good strategy. I didn't do any of the problems in Shigley's; only used it as a reference for the formulas, better explanations, and reviewed the example problems. I wouldn't skip the 6MS book; it covers all of the topics in MDM including challenging, but excellent, econ problems, etc. Doing and mastering the 6MS problems first will give you great confidence for when you get to the MERM practice problems. I couldn't imagine starting out with the MERM PP, I would have been so discouraged. Note: there are a few thermo problems in the MDM 6MS book...I've also heard on here that a few stray thermo/hvac problems have made it on the MDM depth exam in the past. Not sure if that will still be the case come the new format in April '17.
  8. AWESOME!!!!
  9. I'm a big fan of Mizuno Wave Riders. I have had about four pairs now. I made the mistake on my last purchase and switched to Brooks Launch 3.0. I hate them! I get horrible blisters on the back of my heel and have to really be careful on how I lace them up and what type of socks I wear. I'll be going back to Wave Riders once I get enough mileage on these Brooks to justify the cost I spent on them. I'd love to get into trail running. There is a weekly meet close by on the Appalachian trail. Unfortunately it is on a Sunday morning which conflicts with time with my family. I've been wanting to try it out but think I should invest in a pair of good trail shoes first. I don't want to end up injured over stupidity again.
  10. I'm a recreational runner. Last organized event was a 1/2 marathon back in Spring 2014. Actually trained for the same race in 2013 but gave myself 3 stress fractures in my right heel only 5 days prior to the event. After six weeks immobilized and three months of PT, I came back strong, trained, and pretty much hit my goal in 2014 (1:40 hrs). Since then, I haven't signed up for a race besides some 5k untimed fun runs (usually with my kids). However, I'm involved with a local running group and run about 2-3 times a week at a 4-5 mile distance. I'd like to do another half but haven't been able to commit myself to the time required to train for the higher distances. I'm just happy that I can still average an ~8:30 pace on the weekly running group runs and keep up with people half my age. In regards to location; I'm in PA and run outdoors as much as I can (I hate the treadmill). I actually enjoy the cold winter runs. I find them much more enjoyable than the high temps and humidity of the summer.
  11. Don't worry about the size of your textbooks or amount of them. There were people coming to the exam with wagons of textbooks; literally, there was a guy pulling an old 'red ryder wagon' stacked with books! He had them all lined up, organized, tabbed, with even pull handles on them for ease of retrieving during the test. Thankfully the MDM test doesn't need this much of material. I was fine with a bankers box. Here is my thread on what I used when I took the exam this past April:
  12. I haven't used it in my career either but it was the textbook for my Machine Design course back in college 19 years ago; not sure if I had any retention from that long ago. Although I consider it a must for the MDM test, even more-so now that it is 100% depth. I literally read this book cover to cover in prep for the exam; thanks to a long flight I was on for work at the time...if you do this, take notes along the way! The MERM only gives a brief overview on MD, nothing more than a few formulas for each MD element (spur gears, helical gears, fluid and ball bearings, clutches, etc., etc.). You need Shigley's to fill in the gap. One key area, that I remember off the top of my head, of which Shigley's was heavily utilized was bearing life. It's simply a MUST...I can't stress that enough. I couldn't even do the 6MS problems without the aide of this textbook! You learn to navigate it just like the MERM during exam preparation. My Shigley's book was tabbed and marked up just as heavily as the MERM come test day. My copy is the 5th edition; it's been heavily updated since then...from what I heard, they reorganized the textbook and added many new examples since. I will say that I did find a few errors and discrepancies between Shigley's and the MERM.....
  13. Shigley's is a must. Machinery's Handbook is also needed. I never touched Roark's for either the prep or the test. You'll probably need a good supplement for Vibrations,,for the MERM is lacking greatly in this area. I used my old college textbook in addition to 'Schaum's outline for Mechanical Vibrations'. Although, the vibrations problems were very simple back in April 1'6 but I heard they were much harder this past October. A good Dynamics textbook is also a plus but the MERM is adequate.
  14. Not all industries.
  15. I just saw in the OCT2016 forum that you passed! Congratulations!