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

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October 2013
Large or small, electrical contracting companies have a significant investment in tools. To protect that investment, it is necessary to know where those tools are. The larger the company, the more tools to account for. 
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October 2013
Copper cables remain a key element in most structured wiring systems, even as the amount of fiber optic cable in structured wiring networks continues to increase.
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September 2013
Most commercial and industrial projects have electrical work that must be done above floor or ground level, and a wide range of push-around and self-propelled personnel lifts provide a practical alternative to ladders and bulky scaffolding, which can be time-consuming to assemble and dismantle.
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August 2013
Installers of today’s commercial datacom, control and alarm systems must be multitalented. They often must work with twisted-pair copper, coaxial and fiber optic cables, each requiring specialized knowledge and tools.
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August 2013
This is a column about tools. For technicians who install, maintain and repair components of a building’s low-voltage networks, basic hand tools include wire cutters and strippers, crimpers, punchdown tools and testers—many designed specifically for voice/data/video. Labeling tools mark cables and patchcords and identify punchdown blocks, patch panels, face plates, racks and shelving.
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July 2013
In the April issue of Electrical Contractor, several truck companies described features of their latest models marketed to electricians, electrical contracting companies and other construction trades.
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June 2013
Contractors that install underground power telecommunications cable often must work in easements already crowded with underground infrastructure, including buried gas lines. A critical element of any construction project that involves displacement of the soil is to avoid damaging existing buried utilities. READ MORE
June 2013
Consumer demand for greater access to broadband and the latest wireless devices are key drivers of telecommunications growth, according to Insight Research in a study published earlier this year.
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June 2013
Installing and maintaining a building’s structured wiring system often means accessing locations that are out of reach from floor level, and many workers choose to use various types of scaffolding, including compact work platforms on wheels that provide a base for overhead work.
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