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

  • DeWalt 12V Max XR lithium-ion battery
November 2014
All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.
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November 2014
The vacuum excavator is a portable, dual-purpose machine. It is a “soft” excavator that can dig precisely controlled holes using either highly pressurized air or water, and it is a powerful mobile vacuum system for most types of job-site cleanup. This tool is used on projects to install underground power and telecommunications cable.
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November 2014
Thermal imaging technology that employs infrared (IR) cameras to detect and measure heat has many applications across a wide range of industries. For electricians and datacom technicians, these cameras simplify troubleshooting and maintenance by providing a fast, nondestructive method to detect potential problems in system connections, fuses, junction boxes, switchgear and other components. READ MORE
  • Salisbury by Honeywell lightweight HRC4  suit and lift-front hood
October 2014
The workplaces of the world pose multiple hazards to the men and women in the building and construction trades, and there are many different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to guard the wearer from specific, potentially deadly hazards. Protective gear creates a barrier between the worker and hazards. It does not eliminate any hazard.
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  • Ideal Networks SignalTEK CT Gigabit cable performance tester
October 2014
For commercial structures, certification tests document that a building’s voice/data/video network complies with industry standards.
 Qualification or performance testing can also confirm that local area network (LAN) installations meet component manufacturers’ install standards and should perform as specified. This testing had been considered optional for LANs in homes and apartments. 
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  • Bosch Bulldog Xtreme rotary hammer with dust control
September 2014
A rotary hammer is the tool of choice for most electricians who must make holes in concrete, block and brick. Small rotary hammers are used primarily for drilling holes to install anchors for hanging Unistruts for electrical conduit. Large hammers are used for larger diameter drilling to allow materials to pass through walls.
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  • A worker uses a Fluke ground tester in the field.
August 2014
Simply stated, structures must have properly grounded electrical systems for basic reasons: to protect people from serious or fatal shock, to enable a facility’s power distribution system to function properly, and to protect electrical components from serious damage.
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  • Kitco fiber optic safety kit
August 2014
Working with and around 
electricity poses hazards that most people don’t face in their daily jobs. From apprenticeship training throughout their careers, safety training is a continual process for electricians. READ MORE
  • Husky nine-drawer mobile workbench from Home Depot
July 2014
Moving supplies, materials and tools to and around job sites can be a time-consuming task that often significantly reduces an electrician’s productivity.
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