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

  • Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system
January 2016
Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets. READ MORE
January 2016
At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show. READ MORE
  • Bosch FL12 12V battery work light has 10 high-intensity LEDs.
December 2015
The Light-emitting diode (LED) seems to be everywhere, including in tiny keychain flashlights, conventional flashlights that emit powerful beams, general service lamps, replacement fixtures for commercial use, and portable work lights. READ MORE
  • Bosch L-Boxx insert tray
December 2015
At one time, a toolbox was just a metal box. Then, plastic and composite materials came along. Whatever the material, it remained a box, perhaps with a pull-out tray to hold smaller items. But what about portable containers for accessories and supplies? Often, the best options for those were a cardboard box or the packaging items came in.
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December 2015
Ed Malzahn, chairman of the Charles Machine Works Inc. (Ditch Witch) and inventor of the world’s first compact trenching machine, died Dec. 11 in Perry, Okla., his lifelong home and location of the company he led for 67 years. He was 94. READ MORE
November 2015
Mobile communications relating to construction usually is thought of in terms of wireless communications between the office, field personnel and vendors using telephone, email and data transmission. However, technology has progressed to the point that tools are communicating directly with smartphones and tablets. Testing equipment is a good example. READ MORE
  • Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger
November 2015
Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create. Among the most common PQ issues are voltage variations, brief power interruptions, startup loads of equipment with large motors and faulty insulation. READ MORE
  • Channellock XLT (Xtreme Leverage Technology) pliers
October 2015
The list of hand tools that are essential to electricians has mostly remained unchanged over the years. Cable cutters and strippers, linemen’s pliers, screwdrivers, crimpers, and other basic tools always are on belts or in pouches or toolboxes. Many of these tools look much like they did 20 years ago. READ MORE
October 2015
Electrical contracting companies involved in the installation of underground power or communications cable must know the locations of existing buried utilities before beginning excavation or directional drilling. READ MORE

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