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

  • Greenlee tools for copper VDV installations
June 2015
For installing alarm, surveillance and building control system copper wiring, technicians use many of the same tools as they do for placing data and communications networks. These tools include, but are not limited to, cable cutters, crimpers, strippers, punchdown tools and blades, and test equipment. There also are applications that may require specialized tools.
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  • Greenlee AutoBend 3D uses BendWorks software.
June 2015
From the time wires were first placed in protective pipes, electricians have been bending conduit to take cable where it needs to go. Early hand benders allowed pipe to be effectively bent without walls collapsing. Today, basic hand benders don’t look much different than those early models, but significant improvements have been made.
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  • General Cable FrogHide UltraFlex outdoor extension cord
May 2015
Electrical extension cords aren’t exactly “tools” in the traditional sense, but they are essential on many jobs to power tools and temporary lighting, for bringing power from generators to field offices, and for many other uses.
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  • Bosch Tools’ Daredevil spade bit with contoured paddle
April 2015
Power hand tools have advanced rapidly over the last few years, becoming more powerful, productive, lighter and easier to use. Along with other useful convenience features, most of today’s cordless drills have light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the work area.
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  • Klein Tools ratcheting modular crimper
April 2015
Crimping tools are routinely used to make connections that meet industry standards for both electrical and voice/data/video (VDV) installations of video surveillance, alarm and building control systems.
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  • Compact Bosch lithium-ion 12V reciprocating saw
March 2015
Construction in most trades uses saws to cut off and cut through various materials, and electrical work is no exception. Cordless saws continue to capture a growing share of the market, though there still are applications where corded saws are preferred. In some situations, a manual handsaw is the best choice.
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  • Southwire WIMpull CoilPAK cart
February 2015
For years, wire supplies have been rolled around in drums for storage, shipping and transporting to job sites. The traditional spool material is solid wood, but, today, cable reels also are made of plywood, steel and plastic, offering improved durability or lighter weight.
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  • Bosch 12 V lithium-ion-powered, one-handed vacuum
February 2015
Installers of alarm, surveillance and control systems use special tools designed for low-voltage copper and fiber work, but they also often need conventional tools used by electricians and other trades.
 The lithium-ion revolution in power tools has brought a wide selection of lightweight, downsized drills, saws and accessories needed for a variety of integrated systems technician tasks.
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January 2015
Drilling holes is a routine task for electricians, and few electrical contractors (ECs) go to a job site without a good cordless drill in his or her tool kit. The basic drill is fine for drilling in wood and other soft materials, but, when working on harder surfaces—masonry, brick, cinder blocks and soft metals—a hammer drill does the job faster and more efficiently. READ MORE

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