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

November 2008
Successful manufacturers of tools and equipment understand that, to be a leader, they must develop and provide products needed by the professionals in the fields they serve. READ MORE
November 2008
By the time the first simple electric motor controller products began to be used in manufacturing plants, electricians had been installing and serving motor controls and motor control centers for more than 50 years. READ MORE
July 2008
For years, two-way radios were the most-used means of job-site communications, but wireless phones and combination wireless-phone/two-way-radio devices are expanding mobile communications options for construction companies. However, push-to-talk devices have not replaced conventional radios. READ MORE
June 2008
Ethanol is becoming a component in an increasing amount of the nation’s fuel supply. Those who manufacture and sell it and the associations that represent them hail ethanol as the reducer of and, ultimately, the means for ending the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. READ MORE
May 2008
It’s a question invariably asked after severe weather or other disasters knock out electrical power. Of course, much of today’s electrical distribution lines already are underground—power companies have routinely buried services and often feeders in new developments since the 1970s. READ MORE
March 2008
Homeowners in the United States who have discovered the benefits of electric radiant heating most often use it to supplement conventional heating systems or to heat individual rooms, such as a den, basement, or room addition. READ MORE
February 2008
Bending conduit is one of the most basic tasks of electricians, and there is a wide range of bending tools and equipment to fit the multiple bending requirements found on today’s projects, including hand benders, mechanical models, and electric and hydraulic equipment for high-volume work and larger conduit. Both “hot” and “cold” methods of bending PVC are available. READ MORE
November 2007
Need a tool you don't have, and need it now? Chances are it’s available at a nearby rental center. READ MORE
November 2007
The most significant trends in tools used by electricians continue to be driven by the needs of the those who purchase and use them. “Manufacturers are listening carefully to contractors’ needs for increased safety and improved productivity,” said David Moeller, Graybar national construction market manager. READ MORE