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

July 2004
With little fanfare, vacuum excavation equipment has begun making an impact on the way outside electrical infrastructure is constructed and maintained. Vacuum excavators are portable, dual-purpose machines that are both “soft” excavators able to dig small, precisely controlled holes using either high-pressure air or water, and powerful vacuum systems. READ MORE
July 2004
Vans and pickups. Box vans and line trucks. Trucks with aerial devices and trucks to transport equipment, supplies, tools and personnel. Without these and other specialty vehicles, electrical construction and maintenance work would stop. READ MORE
June 2004
Outdoor solar lighting has a bright future With little fanfare, solar lighting systems are being installed on a growing number of projects, and lighting powered by sunlight has quietly evolved into a mature technology with widespread acceptance. READ MORE
January 2004
“Tighter construction deadlines often push contractors to work around the clock,” said Mark Conrardy, sales engineering manager for the Wacker Corp. “Light towers allow work to continue after dark and permit personnel to work more safely at night. READ MORE
November 2003
Keeping track of company-owned tools has never been an easy task, even for very small firms. And for large organizations, effectively managing tools is a huge undertaking. “I started with our company as a driver,” said Rob Cherry, president of Osborne Electric in Oklahoma City. READ MORE
September 2003
Electrical contractors who perform utility work have been burying electrical cable for years. Trenchers and vibratory plows are routinely used to install underground cable and conduit, and firms that have added telecommunications construction to their capabilities use the same equipment to bury copper, fiber optic and coaxial communications cable. READ MORE
July 2003
High-quality and efficient corded and cordless power tools make the work of electricians easier and enable them to accomplish more in less time. Indeed, it is difficult to envision undertaking any electrical or datacomm construction project without power tools and equipment. READ MORE
June 2003
Power tools speed and simplify electrical work. However, many tasks still must be done as they have been for years—with basic hand tools. Crimpers, cable cutters, wire strippers, various types of pliers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and other hand tools are used by electricians every day. READ MORE
November 2002
Utility providers routinely bury electrical and communications cable and the conduit in which cable is placed for protection. And for years, trenching and vibratory plowing were the primary methods contractors used for underground construction. READ MORE