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

  • Greenlee offers a variety of fishing reach poles and telescoping fish poles.
February 2017
The routing of wiring for voice/data/video, security, alarm and control systems is done differently from electrical cable and, in most cases, is completed with different tools.
 Today’s expanding line of fishing tools includes products especially suited for installing a building’s structured wiring.
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  • Milwaukee 18V lithium-ion deep-cut band saw
February 2017
Saws often are needed for electrical work, and the cordless saw models available today are more powerful, smaller, lighter and easier to use compared with older models.
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January 2017
At the 2016 NECA Show in Boston, 
a panel of experienced experts judged 184 Showstopper Award entries and selected 20 winners.
 Every NECA Show features the Showstopper Showcase at the front of the exhibitor floor. It offers attendees a glimpse of the newest and most innovative products on the market. 
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  • Milwaukee Tool 6-in-1 combination wire  pliers with redesigned  stripping capacity
January 2017
Pliers, wire strippers, screwdrivers and crimpers are all basic hand tools electricians have used for decades. However, compared to older versions, continuing advancements and improvements have made today’s hand tools more versatile, easier to use and more durable.
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  • Fluke offers a full range of infrared cameras for non-contact inspection of electrical panels.
December 2016
Tiny video cameras mounted at the end of flexible cables. Infrared thermal imaging cameras that detect heat. The photo-taking capability of the ubiquitous smartphone. High-definition digital video and photo cameras mounted on unmanned drone aircraft. READ MORE
  • Fluke’s laser distance meter
December 2016
Measuring tapes are a basic and necessary tool. When the dimension to be measured is inaccessible, handheld, laser 
distance-measuring tools may be the only safe and practical solution. 
 There are many options today for taking measurements on structured-wiring projects.
 Laser measuring tools
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November 2016
Software Applications, particularly mobile apps, have changed construction project planning and management for electrical and structured wiring systems.
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  • Tools, such as Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL hex impact driver kit, are available to rent.
November 2016
These days, almost anything can be rented, and the rental industry has done a good job making consumers and business owners aware of the benefits of renting versus owning. In markets such as electrical contracting, renting usually involves tools and equipment, including generators, portable lighting, pumps, various types of personnel lifts, and other equipment.
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  • Southwire Tools' SIMpull non-conductive fish tape
October 2016
Fish tapes are essential basic tools that are easy to take for granted, but imagine pulling cable through on a large commercial job without them.
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