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

  • 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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  • Southwire Maxis XD10 cable puller has up to 10,000 pounds peak-pulling force.
June 2016
Large projects require power cable pullers to get the job done quickly, efficiently and with minimal physical labor. The equipment’s basic components are the frame, power source, capstan, pulling rope and mechanism that rotates the capstan. A broad range of sizes and pulling capacities are available.
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  • The 93XC OTDR is part of the Greenlee Communications family of fiber equipment.
June 2016
With the increasing use of fiber optic cable in structured wiring, many electricians experienced in low-voltage copper work are extending their skills to include fiber. Working with fiber requires training and the right tools and testers to correctly install and maintain fiber optic cable.
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  • Little Giant SafeFrame ladder
May 2016
Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest. The long ladder appears to be flexible, perhaps made of some kind of grass or plant.
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  • Flire CM174 600A AC/DC imaging clamp meter with infrared guided measurement
April 2016
Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems. The thermal imagers that perform these vital tasks have changed significantly over the past several years, moving from expensive specialty tools to smaller, easier-to-use, more affordable models with broader capabilities.
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  • Brady BMP21-Plus label printer
April 2016
Making labels on the job site can be a time-consuming task for integrated systems contractors, but it can pay big dividends in the long run.
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  • Bosch 18V Compact Tough brushless drill driver
March 2016
The impact of Brushless motors on electric hand tools is reminiscent of the transformation following the 2005 introduction of the lithium-ion battery, which, at the time, was heralded as the most significant development in power tools over the previous 20 years. With the brushless motor, electric hand tools continue to evolve.
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  • Black + Decker's first drill, 1916
February 2016
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the portable electric drill’s invention. A century ago, the Black + Decker Manufacturing Co. (now Stanley Black + Decker) developed and filed a patent application for a ½-inch portable drill that one person could operate. READ MORE

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