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

  • 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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January 2014
Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., r­epresent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a sophisticated mobile solar lighting system and magnetic cable ties to a 3-D laser scanning system that captures as-built documentation of a building’s existing systems.
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  • Hilti's TE 1000-AVR electric demo hammer has an AVR design to minimize vibration.
January 2014
The electric demolition hammer is not a standard item found in most electricians’ tool boxes. Indeed, even the most compact and lightweight demo hammer is too big and heavy to carry with the tools routinely used on most jobs.
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  • Maxis 510 Wire Wagon loader with wire, tools and supplies
December 2013
Electricians frequently find themselves on job sites without a place to lay out plans and drawings or organize tools and materials. A stack of Sheetrock can provide a temporary work surface, or scrap lumber might be used to construct a crude bench or table. Often the floor is the only flat, usable space available.
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  • Ideal PrepPro coaxial/UTP cable prep tool
December 2013
Electricians who do both conventional electric and voice/data/video (VDV) work and those who are new to VDV projects may use the cutters and strippers designed for electrical work to terminate low-voltage copper wiring. However, with the selection of specialized cable preparation and termination tools available for VDV, can conventional electrical work tools also be used for VDV work?
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