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

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
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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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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May 2013
Construction workers face numerous and varied job-site dangers, depending on the type of work they do. In addition to risks common to most construction jobs, electricians face the hazard of electric shock and other dangers associated with live power.
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May 2013
Hole saws technically aren’t saws. They are cutting accessories used with power drills to make clean, round holes in a variety of materials, including wood, steel, aluminum, plastic and fiberglass.
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April 2013
Trucks. Whether two or three for a small firm, or a fleet for a large company, electrical contractors can’t conduct business without them. Commercial vans still are the most widely used service trucks, although some firms prefer pickups. Contractors also can choose the low cab forward (LCF) chassis with box van, which provides standup room and more cargo space than regular commercial vans.
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April 2013
Variables affecting electric power quality haven’t changed significantly over the years, but the technological advances of electrical and electronic equipment make the equipment much more vulnerable to power quality events than in the past. Indeed, problems resulting from “dirty” power are multiplying.
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