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

  • 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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  • 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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November 2016
Software Applications, particularly mobile apps, have changed construction project planning and management for electrical and structured wiring systems.
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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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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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