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

  • 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
January 2016
At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show. READ MORE
  • Bosch L-Boxx insert tray
December 2015
At one time, a toolbox was just a metal box. Then, plastic and composite materials came along. Whatever the material, it remained a box, perhaps with a pull-out tray to hold smaller items. But what about portable containers for accessories and supplies? Often, the best options for those were a cardboard box or the packaging items came in.
December 2015
Ed Malzahn, chairman of the Charles Machine Works Inc. (Ditch Witch) and inventor of the world’s first compact trenching machine, died Dec. 11 in Perry, Okla., his lifelong home and location of the company he led for 67 years. He was 94. READ MORE
  • Bosch FL12 12V battery work light has 10 high-intensity LEDs.
December 2015
The Light-emitting diode (LED) seems to be everywhere, including in tiny keychain flashlights, conventional flashlights that emit powerful beams, general service lamps, replacement fixtures for commercial use, and portable work lights. READ MORE
November 2015
Mobile communications relating to construction usually is thought of in terms of wireless communications between the office, field personnel and vendors using telephone, email and data transmission. However, technology has progressed to the point that tools are communicating directly with smartphones and tablets. Testing equipment is a good example. READ MORE