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

  • The 93XC OTDR is part of the Greenlee Communications family of fiber equipment.
June 2016
With the increasing use of fiber optic cable in structured wiring, many electricians experienced in low-voltage copper work are extending their skills to include fiber. Working with fiber requires training and the right tools and testers to correctly install and maintain fiber optic cable.
  • Little Giant SafeFrame ladder
May 2016
Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest. The long ladder appears to be flexible, perhaps made of some kind of grass or plant.
  • Flire CM174 600A AC/DC imaging clamp meter with infrared guided measurement
April 2016
Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems. The thermal imagers that perform these vital tasks have changed significantly over the past several years, moving from expensive specialty tools to smaller, easier-to-use, more affordable models with broader capabilities.
  • Brady BMP21-Plus label printer
April 2016
Making labels on the job site can be a time-consuming task for integrated systems contractors, but it can pay big dividends in the long run.
  • Bosch 18V Compact Tough brushless drill driver
March 2016
The impact of Brushless motors on electric hand tools is reminiscent of the transformation following the 2005 introduction of the lithium-ion battery, which, at the time, was heralded as the most significant development in power tools over the previous 20 years. With the brushless motor, electric hand tools continue to evolve.
  • Black + Decker's first drill, 1916
February 2016
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the portable electric drill’s invention. A century ago, the Black + Decker Manufacturing Co. (now Stanley Black + Decker) developed and filed a patent application for a ½-inch portable drill that one person could operate. READ MORE
  • Amprobe AMP-310
February 2016
Electric motor failure can cause numerous problems, ranging from inefficient power use, equipment damage and costly downtime. In the worst-case scenario, it can result in a catastrophic fire.
 Amprobe Business Unit Manager Jarek Bras said excessive heating is a common cause of motor failure.
  • Honda 4,000W EB4000 portable  generator with commercial IGX engine
February 2016
Whether new construction
or repair and maintenance work, integrated systems contractors sometimes require temporary, portable power sources. Today’s portable generators are more compact, more powerful, quieter and easier to use than ever before. READ MORE
  • Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system
January 2016
Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets. READ MORE