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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

  • Megger DET4TD2 four-pole ground resistance tester
October 2017
A building’s electrical system must be properly grounded to ensure it functions properly, to prevent damage to the system’s components, and, of course, to protect people from potentially deadly electrical shocks.
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  • Fluke Networks CableIQ qualification tester
October 2017
For local area networks that do not require certification, qualification (or performance) testing is a less expensive option for contractors to test that an installation complies with component manufacturer standards and will perform to specifications. READ MORE
September 2017
For decades, new power and telephone lines serving housing developments and office parks, government complexes and educational campuses have been placed underground. However, in most older American neighborhoods, power and communications lines remain suspended from utility poles, making them vulnerable to wind and ice storms. READ MORE
  • Milwaukee Tool’s AX reciprocating saw  blade with carbide teeth
September 2017
Driven by lithium-ion battery power, the cordless tool revolution has focused on advances in tool designs and broadening the selection of cordless tools available.
 However, don’t overlook the improvements of cutting accessories, such as drill bits, saw blades and hole saws, that are available for specialty applications and manufactured to cut more efficiently and last longer.
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  • Fluke Networks' DSX-8000 cable analyzer and accessories
August 2017
Structured wiring technicians carry their own tools for everyday work, but the companies that employ them often find it practical and economical to rent high-end network-testing equipment. Specialty rental companies carry broad selections of network and electrical testers.
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  • Klein voltage tester with flashlight
August 2017
One of the most basic tools every electrician carries is the noncontact voltage tester. Essential complementary tools include circuit breaker finders and tone probes for tracing wires. Scanning devices are able to see through walls and floors to identify wires, conduits and other objects.
 Voltage testers
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  • Greenlee’s portable work bench
July 2017
Owners and managers of electrical contracting companies are always alert to tools and equipment that will enhance workforce productivity. Portable work stations provide a convenient, easy-to-move work surface and storage solution. There also are rolling storage cabinets with tops that can be used as desktops. READ MORE
  • Channellock’s 440 12-inch straight-jaw, tongue- and-groove pliers
June 2017
Most hand tools used by electricians have evolved to improve function, ergonomics and durability. Over time, a simple tool can adjust to special applications. Consider how many types of pliers are available today.
 According to tool manufacturers, electricians and other professionals want multipurpose tools, and the current lineup of hand tools reflects that.
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  • Ideal Networks LanTEK III certifier
June 2017
Commercial datacom networks must be certified that they are correctly installed and meet industry performance standards. That makes certification testers a basic tool for installers, and manufacturers must plan ahead to have test instruments available as standards change. In addition to voice and data networks, certification testing also applies to other cabling in a structured wiring system. READ MORE

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