Jeff Griffin

Freelance Writer

Jeff Griffin, Oklahoma City, is a construction journalist specializing in the electrical, telecommunications and underground utility construction industries. Contact him at up-front@cox.net.

Articles by Jeff Griffin

November 2016
Software Applications, particularly mobile apps, have changed construction project planning and management for electrical and structured wiring systems.
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  • Tools, such as Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL hex impact driver kit, are available to rent.
November 2016
These days, almost anything can be rented, and the rental industry has done a good job making consumers and business owners aware of the benefits of renting versus owning. In markets such as electrical contracting, renting usually involves tools and equipment, including generators, portable lighting, pumps, various types of personnel lifts, and other equipment.
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  • Southwire Tools' SIMpull non-conductive fish tape
October 2016
Fish tapes are essential basic tools that are easy to take for granted, but imagine pulling cable through on a large commercial job without them.
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October 2016
Once business people recognized cellphones as a viable communications tool, it wasn’t long before they reached construction job sites. Even though transmission distances were limited and signals could be unreliable, mobile phones enabled construction companies to contact personnel wherever they were—on job sites, driving trucks, etc.
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  • Milwaukee Hole Dozer hole saw
September 2016
Tools evolve, and even the most basic tools used by electricians—screwdrivers, pliers, measuring devices, etc.—are significantly better than they were 20 years ago. Add hole saws to that list.
 New materials, designs and manufacturing processes enable today’s hole saws to cut cleaner holes faster with improved durability.
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  • Ford full-size Transit Van and Transit Connect compact van
August 2016
Whether a one-man shop or multidivision contracting company with hundreds of employees, electrical contracting companies and electricians need trucks.
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  • Southwire Tools T200K tone and probe
August 2016
Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings. In security systems work, tone generators are useful for managing pre-existing alarm wiring.
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  • Ideal insulated tools in pouch
July 2016
Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.
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June 2016
The continuing deployment of fiber optic cable is newsworthy in industry trade publications and the consumer press. Serious home-internet users want more bandwidth to download, upload and stream online video.
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