Well it’s late…or early now I guess… and it’s been a helluva long week, but I finally feel like I’ve gotten a grip on all this building systems stuff, there’s certainly a ton of it (would that convert to 12,000 BTUs, too?). I’m so glad that I scheduled my test for Sunday, I honestly don’t know how I’d be ready if I didn’t have one more day for review. I suppose I’d be up a sanitary waste line without a clean out.
Here’s my Building Systems Study Guide for your use if you’re interested. Hard to believe that this is the last one! It’s as thorough as I could make it, although nowhere near as in depth as MEEB. I kind of feel like by the time I got to specialties, communications, and conveying systems I wasn’t getting as in depth on the information as I had for HVAC, Lighting, etc. I’m hoping that’s okay. Given the types of questions that I’m seeing come up on the NCARB exam guide and the Kaplan chapter quizzes it seems like the emphasis is on the major systems.
I posted an attempt at the vignette over at arefourm and got some helpful feedback on a few little things to fix and work on. While I was there, I checked out a few posts by other forum members and it looks like I might be in good shape. All of my practice runs have gone fairly smoothly and I’m finishing with plenty of time to review. The biggest challenge I have is making sure I’m not over lighting spaces. I tend to add more fixtures than I probably need.
At this point my biggest concern is feeling more confident with the details. I seem to have the big concepts down, but am getting stuck on all of the little facts like ADA clearance dimensions keeping all the types of light bulbs straight. The rest of my time here will be spend reading and rereading, going through the Kaplan Q&A questions, and trying a few more of the vignette alternates. Also, I’m pretty excited to get more than 3-1/2 hours of sleep at some point. With daylight savings time ending this weekend at least I know I’m guaranteed 4-1/2. Jackpot.
Finally, before I close, just wanted to send my words of support to all of you who are reading on the east coast. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are all safe and sound. It’s been absolutely gut wrenching to watch what everyone is going through and I wish there was more we could do out here to help. Here’s hoping that everyone will come out of this a lot stronger than they were before. Best wishes for a speedy return to normalcy or better to you all.