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

  • Maxis 510 Wire Wagon loader with wire, tools and supplies
December 2013
Electricians frequently find themselves on job sites without a place to lay out plans and drawings or organize tools and materials. A stack of Sheetrock can provide a temporary work surface, or scrap lumber might be used to construct a crude bench or table. Often the floor is the only flat, usable space available.
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  • Ideal PrepPro coaxial/UTP cable prep tool
December 2013
Electricians who do both conventional electric and voice/data/video (VDV) work and those who are new to VDV projects may use the cutters and strippers designed for electrical work to terminate low-voltage copper wiring. However, with the selection of specialized cable preparation and termination tools available for VDV, can conventional electrical work tools also be used for VDV work?
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November 2013
No data communications project is complete until multiple tests confirm that it will meet the network plan’s specifications and building owner’s expectations. To conduct these tests, copper and fiber optic cable testing tools have evolved to meet the demands of today’s structured wiring systems.
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  • CribMaster's PROTOid label
October 2013
Large or small, electrical contracting companies have a significant investment in tools. To protect that investment, it is necessary to know where those tools are. The larger the company, the more tools to account for. 
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  • Klein VDV preparation tools
October 2013
Copper cables remain a key element in most structured wiring systems, even as the amount of fiber optic cable in structured wiring networks continues to increase.
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  • Genie GR-20 Runabout has a working height of 24 feet and a lift capacity of 350 lbs.
September 2013
Most commercial and industrial projects have electrical work that must be done above floor or ground level, and a wide range of push-around and self-propelled personnel lifts provide a practical alternative to ladders and bulky scaffolding, which can be time-consuming to assemble and dismantle.
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August 2013
Installers of today’s commercial datacom, control and alarm systems must be multitalented. They often must work with twisted-pair copper, coaxial and fiber optic cables, each requiring specialized knowledge and tools.
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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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