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

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
December 2012
Improvements to basic tools come in increments: new features are added, new materials become available and are used, new features add functions to a tool. New tools are developed as technologies advance. READ MORE
November 2012
Serious concerns may remain about the U.S. economy and how economies and events in Europe, the Middle East and Asia affect Wall Street and American business. However, electrical and data communications toolmakers seem positively bullish. READ MORE
July 2012
Projects to build and expand broadband networks often bring construction to established neighborhoods, challenging project owners and contractors to build underground networks with minimal disruption of routine activities and limited surface damage. Adding to the challenge is that much of the outside plants of these new systems are underground. READ MORE
November 2011
The evolution of Basic tool types occurs slowly (think screwdrivers and measuring tapes). Then there are times when a new tool technology (or the advancement of an old approach) rapidly changes a market segment (e.g., lithium-ion batteries for professional hand tools). READ MORE
May 2011
Electricians and emergency personnel frequently require self-contained lighting of various types when responding to emergencies in situations where power has been interrupted or where no electricity is available. READ MORE
November 2010
Even though reduced volumes of work have lowered the demand for tools electricians use, tool manufacturers continue to improve products to increase efficiency, productivity, durability and safety. READ MORE
September 2010
Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit, many places along the U.S. Gulf Coast and in the New Orleans metropolitan area continue frustratingly slow efforts to recover from America’s most costly national disaster, while facing the threat of widespread destruction of the environment and economy from the worst oil spill disaster in the country’s history. READ MORE