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

  • megger MIT1025 10-kV insulation tester
May 2014
Much attention is devoted to safe work practices during electrical construction, maintenance and repair work, and rightfully so. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics consistently place electrical-related accidents in its “Fatal Four” leading causes of workplace deaths: falls, struck by objects, electrocution, and caught in between.
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  • Panduit PanTherLS8EQ thermal transfer printer
April 2014
It wasn’t that long ago that portable labeling tools were simple devices that embossed letters on a strip of plastic that could be stuck to walls or other surfaces. Times certainly have changed.
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  • Snake Tray’s Mega Snake built-in suspension system eliminates brackets and struts. 

April 2014
A well-planned and executed structured cable management system in a building tells building managers where and how much cabling is in the structure and which cables connect; it also facilitates system maintenance and simplifies troubleshooting and repairs.
 Because structured wiring often may be upgraded or moved, cables must be easily accessible and not tangled.
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  • Burndy offers a selection of battery-powered cutting and crimping tools.
March 2014
As hand tools evolved, they have made some routine manual tasks easier with the incorporation of small batteries. Battery-assisted crimping tools and cutters are examples that come to mind. These and other battery-assisted hand tools can help make workers more productive, and they provide ergonomic benefits.
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March 2014
Not many things can shut down an organization’s operations faster and more completely than a power outage. Backup power sources may keep critical functions running temporarily, but power must be restored quickly to limit costly work disruptions.
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  • Greenlee fish tape
February 2014
The purpose of a fish tape hasn’t changed over time. Just like the first enclosed coil of wire introduced more than 50 years ago, today’s fish tapes are used to pull wire through conduit, in wall space, beneath subfloors, under carpet, and through other difficult-to-access spaces.
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  • CribMaster’s Portable Asset Dispensing Device for mobile applications
February 2014
Keeping track of tools is 
important for electrical contracting companies of every size. Tools are company assets, and losing or misplacing tools wastes valuable time and money to locate or replace them.
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January 2014
Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., r­epresent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a sophisticated mobile solar lighting system and magnetic cable ties to a 3-D laser scanning system that captures as-built documentation of a building’s existing systems.
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  • Hilti's TE 1000-AVR electric demo hammer has an AVR design to minimize vibration.
January 2014
The electric demolition hammer is not a standard item found in most electricians’ tool boxes. Indeed, even the most compact and lightweight demo hammer is too big and heavy to carry with the tools routinely used on most jobs.
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