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

April 2013
Trucks. Whether two or three for a small firm, or a fleet for a large company, electrical contractors can’t conduct business without them. Commercial vans still are the most widely used service trucks, although some firms prefer pickups. Contractors also can choose the low cab forward (LCF) chassis with box van, which provides standup room and more cargo space than regular commercial vans.
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April 2013
Variables affecting electric power quality haven’t changed significantly over the years, but the technological advances of electrical and electronic equipment make the equipment much more vulnerable to power quality events than in the past. Indeed, problems resulting from “dirty” power are multiplying.
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April 2013
Copper remains a primary carrier for integrated building systems, but fiber optic cabling is assuming an increasingly important role in data, telephone, access controls, security cameras, fire and security alarms, sensors, and other signaling-dependent systems.
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March 2013
The proliferation of lithium-ion powered cordless tool models continues to hold the attention of tools buyers, including electricians. However, electricians still turn to an old staple to do theire work: manual hand tools.
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March 2013
The tape measure is a basic tool for integrated systems installers, electricians and professionals in many trades. It has been in use for years, but the measuring tapes available today are nothing like early versions. The improvements are examples of how a simple, basic tool evolves to do its job better, function easier and be more durable. READ MORE
February 2013
A range of multiple functions combined in one device gives the multimeter its name and makes it an essential test instrument for both electrical and integrated systems work.
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January 2013
In October, 20 exhibitors at the 2012 NECA Show in Las Vegas received Showstopper awards. Winners were selected from 122 entries, all prominently displayed at the front of the exhibit floor. After the winners were selected, they were identified by blue ribbons in the Showstopper Showcase Room and a trophy at each winner’s booth. READ MORE
January 2013
The handheld power hammer drill is a basic electrician’s tool that is two drills in one—a conventional drill for working in wood and soft materials and a hammer drill for drilling 3/16- to ¼-inch holes in masonry, cinder blocks, concrete, metal and other hard materials. The user can switch from one mode to the other instantly. READ MORE
December 2012
The continuing advances of power hand tools receive much attention, and many are linked directly to lithium-ion battery platforms. Tools are lighter, more powerful for their weights, more productive and easier to use. However, tool features often overshadow the components that are the keystones of each tool’s function: cutting accessories. READ MORE

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