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

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
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
  • Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger
November 2015
Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create. Among the most common PQ issues are voltage variations, brief power interruptions, startup loads of equipment with large motors and faulty insulation. READ MORE
  • Channellock XLT (Xtreme Leverage Technology) pliers
October 2015
The list of hand tools that are essential to electricians has mostly remained unchanged over the years. Cable cutters and strippers, linemen’s pliers, screwdrivers, crimpers, and other basic tools always are on belts or in pouches or toolboxes. Many of these tools look much like they did 20 years ago. READ MORE
October 2015
Electrical contracting companies involved in the installation of underground power or communications cable must know the locations of existing buried utilities before beginning excavation or directional drilling. READ MORE
  • Greenlee's fusion splicer and cleaver kit
October 2015
The days of predominately copper structured wiring are long past. Technicians are installing a growing amount of fiber optic cable in surveillance, alarm and control systems. For example, surveillance systems are linked with single-mode fiber to ensure purer images and less data loss and interference than copper systems. READ MORE
  • The super-quiet Honda EUi 1000 with inverter technology provides 1,000W of clean power in a small, lightweight package.
September 2015
Sometimes, electricians and electrical contractors must work in areas where no electrical service is available. In those circumstances, portable power is the answer.
  • AEMC 5233 Trms digital multimeter with function for nonelectric contact testing
August 2015
In recent years, there has been a trend to increase functionality of many tools and testers that electricians use. The idea is that, if one tool can do multiple tasks, electricians will need fewer tools, which can mean a lighter tool belt or box. READ MORE
  • Weather Guard van upfit components
August 2015
No matter the trade, an organized and well-outfitted truck makes workers more efficient, enabling them to complete jobs faster and finish more tasks every day.