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

October 2016
Once business people recognized cellphones as a viable communications tool, it wasn’t long before they reached construction job sites. Even though transmission distances were limited and signals could be unreliable, mobile phones enabled construction companies to contact personnel wherever they were—on job sites, driving trucks, etc.
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  • Milwaukee Hole Dozer hole saw
September 2016
Tools evolve, and even the most basic tools used by electricians—screwdrivers, pliers, measuring devices, etc.—are significantly better than they were 20 years ago. Add hole saws to that list.
 New materials, designs and manufacturing processes enable today’s hole saws to cut cleaner holes faster with improved durability.
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  • Ford full-size Transit Van and Transit Connect compact van
August 2016
Whether a one-man shop or multidivision contracting company with hundreds of employees, electrical contracting companies and electricians need trucks.
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  • Southwire Tools T200K tone and probe
August 2016
Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings. In security systems work, tone generators are useful for managing pre-existing alarm wiring.
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  • Ideal insulated tools in pouch
July 2016
Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.
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June 2016
The continuing deployment of fiber optic cable is newsworthy in industry trade publications and the consumer press. Serious home-internet users want more bandwidth to download, upload and stream online video.
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  • Southwire Maxis XD10 cable puller has up to 10,000 pounds peak-pulling force.
June 2016
Large projects require power cable pullers to get the job done quickly, efficiently and with minimal physical labor. The equipment’s basic components are the frame, power source, capstan, pulling rope and mechanism that rotates the capstan. A broad range of sizes and pulling capacities are available.
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  • The 93XC OTDR is part of the Greenlee Communications family of fiber equipment.
June 2016
With the increasing use of fiber optic cable in structured wiring, many electricians experienced in low-voltage copper work are extending their skills to include fiber. Working with fiber requires training and the right tools and testers to correctly install and maintain fiber optic cable.
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  • Little Giant SafeFrame ladder
May 2016
Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest. The long ladder appears to be flexible, perhaps made of some kind of grass or plant.
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