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  1. I thought the FE was much easier but there was a 16 year gap between taking the two exams...not to mention that I took the FE less than one year after finishing my BS degree. I do remember that the PE was 100% essay in 2000 though. Also, they let you take the FE and PE at the same time back then if you met the other requirements (at least in PA). A talked with a few people on the day of the exam who took the PE on Friday and were taking the FE with me on Saturday.
  2. No. Like a traditional test in college...a problem with a blank page below it for you to solve. Surprisingly I had my results for that exam quicker than I did for the PE taken last year!
  3. The afternoon portion of my EIT/FE exam was essay in April 2000.
  4. I can only speak for the MD exam but I felt the 6MS problems were representable to what was seen in the exam. On my first past thru the book (which I did first per Ramnares' recommended study guide), I remember a specific problem taking upwards of two and a half hours to correctly solve. I recall thinking that a problem like that could never be on the exam, especially not the extent of computation that it required. Well guess what? There was a problem almost identical to it on the test! Take Ramnares' advice and master those 6MS problems! After your third pass thru, you should be completing all 80 or so questions in well under 8 hours.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. There is practically no difference between MERM12 and MERM13 unless you are taking the HVAC exam.
  9. Hopefully you have at least 8ft ceilings in your basement! I made that mistake before....
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. AWESOME!!!!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.