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About youngmotivatedengineer

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  1. youngmotivatedengineer

    October 2018 15k SPAM Thread

    This is so annoying...I'm 6'6" so my seat is all the way back. Do you really have to push my seat all the way up for the extremely short time it takes to pull my car in the shop and then back out.
  2. youngmotivatedengineer

    Construction Application-Work Experience Section

    You should review the requirements for your state and make sure your description describes what you have done while satisfying the boards requirements. Did you do any internship work that you can count? I don't know ow where you are from, but in NJ you need at least 2 years of design experience in order to qualify for the exam.
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    NFL 2018

    I'm killing it in Fantasy football this year, but I'm upset I started Graham over Ebron this week.
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    October 2018 15k SPAM Thread

    Walked in to 40 emails...
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    October 2018 15k SPAM Thread

    Football Sunday spam
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    October 2018 15k SPAM Thread

    Spam and eggs for breakfast
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    Personal reference notes

    This is the main reason people advise against pencil notes. During the test, you are only allowed to write in test booklet not your references. If proctor accuses you of writing in your references, it's your word against theirs. There's no way to tell what was notes while studying, and what, if any was added during the exam. With all the time, money and effort put in to studying, do you want to risk being kicked out if they think you wrote in your references during the exam?
  8. youngmotivatedengineer

    Structural Depth Materials for Sale

    If I'm not mistaken, I believe NCEES has on their website that you can only change your depth up until the deadline for scheduling the exam. Once that deadline passes you have to stay with the one you signed up with.
  9. youngmotivatedengineer

    one house built to last

    That stair design is actually not compliant with FEMA standards. The bottom should have breakaway enclosure, but stairs should have stayed in place. 1) That is now a massive structure being tossed around in the water hitt8ng other houses. 2) If someone was to stay in the house, they'd be trapped with no means of getting out or rescuers getting in safely. Hard to secure a later during a hurricane. If in flood zone that has wave action, which this most likely did, the deep piling foundation is standard practice. Many houses get destroyed in hurricane due to foundation damage. The pile foundation allows the water and waves to flow under the house without affecting the structural integrity of the house.
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    one house built to last

    This also depends on whether the house in in fact in a flood zone and where the finished floor is in relation to the flood zone elevation. In Jersey many houses that weren't destroyed by Sandy, are still being lifted because they are lower than the finished floor elevation. Having a house lower than the finished floor elevation gets you a higher premium on flood insurance. One issue that coastal communities face is the fact that not everyone has flood insurance. If properties are passed down generation to generation, they usually don't have flood insurance and don't pay attention to flood regulations much. However, if the current owner or future owner ever decides to sell and/or get a mortgage, the mortgage company would require flood insurance.
  11. youngmotivatedengineer

    Basic Rules and Regulations: Handwritten Notes

    Since you just bought watch, it should have instructions. As long as it isn't a smart watch and is a basic watch with no alarm, thereshouldn't be any beeping. You can bring food/snacks as long as it stays on floor. They usually encourage you to bring lunch also so you don't have to chase down food depending on the test location and it's proximity to restaurants. Bookbag is allowed but rolling suitcase makes it easier to haul since you will have a good number of books and the weight can add up. Don't worry about feeling like you have too much stuff. Test day you will see other candidates and wonder if they brought every single book they had from college. I handwritten notes issue will vary by procter and is a risk you need to decide if you want to take. The problem is that test rules says you can only write in test booklet and nothing else. If a proctor thinks you are writing in your notes/reference books and all your notes are in pencil, it's nearly impossible to proove which are old notes from when you studied and what they thought you were just writing during the exam. Having photocopied notes or notes written in pen eliminates thi's uncertainty.
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    one house built to last

    The main reason this house survived like it did is most likely due to age of destruction. Living in Jersey I saw the damage after Hurricane Sandy. With Michael it looked like large areas had no signs of the houses except what appeared to be slab foundations which probably didn't have the proper hurricane strapping. I've come across many houses where the original builderst literally put down a layer of mortar and just build right on top of existing ground with no footings. The article mentions the house was built for 200+mph winds. That seems a little overkill and over exaggeration. Yes the walls may be strong and they can strap around the entire building. However it is not likely that the roof(not including exact location of strapping), windows, doors, and all other finishes can withstand all that wind. Once you find the weak spot the whole building become compromised.
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    What is allowed in exam

    Yes. You can use whatever you want to bring material to the exam. People will have all kinds of items including crates, rolling luggages, backpacks, hand trucks ( mini and full size). If you feel like you have too much, chances are you'll see at least a few people with the same or more stuff than you. The one thing to take into account is travel distance from parking to test room (carrying a full milk crate a long distance gets heavy, and is even heavier at the end of the day). Also make sure you account for weather conditions. If it rains, you will need something to protect your material from getting wet while outside. Luckily, for my 1st attempt, I had 1 of my daughters blankets in my trunk to be able to cover my milk crate.
  14. youngmotivatedengineer

    October 2018 Exam Study Progress

    That seems to be the #1 common complaint with SoPE. From what I've read ( I've only took EET Depth course), SoPE is more of a refresher and assumes you know certain things. It is not an in-depth review from A-Z of everything you should be familiar with for the exam like other courses are.
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    October 2018 Exam Study Progress

    Keep in mind that none of these companies know what questions will be on the exam. While the Water Resources problems didn't help txjennah, on the upcoming exam there may be questions that replicate those water resource questions or the same procedure to solve the problem.