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

  • Bosch 12 V lithium-ion-powered, one-handed vacuum
February 2015
Installers of alarm, surveillance and control systems use special tools designed for low-voltage copper and fiber work, but they also often need conventional tools used by electricians and other trades.
 The lithium-ion revolution in power tools has brought a wide selection of lightweight, downsized drills, saws and accessories needed for a variety of integrated systems technician tasks.
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January 2015
Drilling holes is a routine task for electricians, and few electrical contractors (ECs) go to a job site without a good cordless drill in his or her tool kit. The basic drill is fine for drilling in wood and other soft materials, but, when working on harder surfaces—masonry, brick, cinder blocks and soft metals—a hammer drill does the job faster and more efficiently. READ MORE
January 2015
Tons of excitement preceded the 2014 neca show in Chicago. For many exhibitors and attendees, the NECA Showstopper Awards were a big part of the buzz. A panel of industry experts judged the contest and selected 20 products as Showstopper Award winners from a group of 154 entrants. READ MORE
  • Megger MIT series insulation testers
December 2014
Every home, business and industrial facility contains electrical wires that bring in and distribute power for lighting, heating and cooling systems; for computers and other equipment, such as motors and generators; and for multiple other purposes. READ MORE
  • Fluke Networks DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer certification tester
December 2014
A certification tester is the basic instrument for certifying that a building’s structured wiring meets industry standards. At one time, structured wiring referred to a facility’s communications network, but that has changed. READ MORE
December 2014
Construction work often must be done in areas without power and, therefore, without adequate light. Also, it often must be done outside at night. Following natural disasters and lesser emergencies, portable light towers enable rescue efforts and the restoration of essential power and communications services to begin without waiting for morning.
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  • 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

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