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

Articles by Jeff Griffin

January 2005
Electrical work can't be done without the right tools. As basic tools have been improved over the years and new specialized tools are developed, the list of tool choices for electricians becomes even longer. READ MORE
September 2004
The annual NECA Convention and Trade Show makes its first visit to Los Angeles next month, and there couldn’t be a better time to visit the City of Angels. READ MORE
September 2004
Earlier this year, routine activities came to an abrupt halt at San Bernardino Valley (Calif.) College when a construction crew excavating with a backhoe struck a power cable, causing a small explosion that knocked out a campus transformer. College buildings lost power, telephone and e-mail services. When the backup-power system started, a surge knocked it out of service. READ MORE
July 2004
With little fanfare, vacuum excavation equipment has begun making an impact on the way outside electrical infrastructure is constructed and maintained. Vacuum excavators are portable, dual-purpose machines that are both “soft” excavators able to dig small, precisely controlled holes using either high-pressure air or water, and powerful vacuum systems. READ MORE
July 2004
Vans and pickups. Box vans and line trucks. Trucks with aerial devices and trucks to transport equipment, supplies, tools and personnel. Without these and other specialty vehicles, electrical construction and maintenance work would stop. READ MORE
June 2004
Outdoor solar lighting has a bright future With little fanfare, solar lighting systems are being installed on a growing number of projects, and lighting powered by sunlight has quietly evolved into a mature technology with widespread acceptance. READ MORE
January 2004
“Tighter construction deadlines often push contractors to work around the clock,” said Mark Conrardy, sales engineering manager for the Wacker Corp. “Light towers allow work to continue after dark and permit personnel to work more safely at night. READ MORE
November 2003
Keeping track of company-owned tools has never been an easy task, even for very small firms. And for large organizations, effectively managing tools is a huge undertaking. “I started with our company as a driver,” said Rob Cherry, president of Osborne Electric in Oklahoma City. READ MORE
September 2003
Electrical contractors who perform utility work have been burying electrical cable for years. Trenchers and vibratory plows are routinely used to install underground cable and conduit, and firms that have added telecommunications construction to their capabilities use the same equipment to bury copper, fiber optic and coaxial communications cable. READ MORE