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

  • Gardner Bender's Ultra Brutus 10,000-pound cable puller
June 2014
It is difficult to imagine wiring a large commercial project without using an electrically powered cable puller. 
 Available in different sizes with pulling forces between 1,000 and 10,000 pounds, electrically powered pullers and accessories make cable installation easier, faster and more efficient. 
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  • Ideal SignalTEK II 
network qualifier 
for copper and fiber
June 2014
Electrical power is essential for the operation of any building, and more owners and managers want their buildings to be “smart.” What does that even mean? A building becomes “smart” when automated controls, fire and entry alarms and video surveillance systems are incorporated into an integrated system. READ MORE
  • megger MIT1025 10-kV insulation tester
May 2014
Much attention is devoted to safe work practices during electrical construction, maintenance and repair work, and rightfully so. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics consistently place electrical-related accidents in its “Fatal Four” leading causes of workplace deaths: falls, struck by objects, electrocution, and caught in between.
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  • Panduit PanTherLS8EQ thermal transfer printer
April 2014
It wasn’t that long ago that portable labeling tools were simple devices that embossed letters on a strip of plastic that could be stuck to walls or other surfaces. Times certainly have changed.
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  • Snake Tray’s Mega Snake built-in suspension system eliminates brackets and struts. 

April 2014
A well-planned and executed structured cable management system in a building tells building managers where and how much cabling is in the structure and which cables connect; it also facilitates system maintenance and simplifies troubleshooting and repairs.
 Because structured wiring often may be upgraded or moved, cables must be easily accessible and not tangled.
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March 2014
Not many things can shut down an organization’s operations faster and more completely than a power outage. Backup power sources may keep critical functions running temporarily, but power must be restored quickly to limit costly work disruptions.
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  • Burndy offers a selection of battery-powered cutting and crimping tools.
March 2014
As hand tools evolved, they have made some routine manual tasks easier with the incorporation of small batteries. Battery-assisted crimping tools and cutters are examples that come to mind. These and other battery-assisted hand tools can help make workers more productive, and they provide ergonomic benefits.
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  • Greenlee fish tape
February 2014
The purpose of a fish tape hasn’t changed over time. Just like the first enclosed coil of wire introduced more than 50 years ago, today’s fish tapes are used to pull wire through conduit, in wall space, beneath subfloors, under carpet, and through other difficult-to-access spaces.
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  • CribMaster’s Portable Asset Dispensing Device for mobile applications
February 2014
Keeping track of tools is 
important for electrical contracting companies of every size. Tools are company assets, and losing or misplacing tools wastes valuable time and money to locate or replace them.
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