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 2006
It is easy to take the safety features of today’s hand tools for granted. Tools have come a long way from 40 or 50 years ago. For example, one major supplier of a lightweight reciprocating saw positioned the power switch where it was impossible to turn off or on with the hand holding the tool—-either turn it on and reposition the hand with the blade in motion, or use the other hand. READ MORE
May 2006
Soon it will be one year since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing devastating flooding. While recovery continues at a frustratingly slow pace, a new hurricane season approaches. With repairs to damaged levees incomplete, many areas are left vulnerable to new flooding from future storms. READ MORE
May 2006
The role of the distributor within the electrical contracting industry has significantly changed over the past several years. Traditional electrical distributors have incorporated voice/data/video products into their inventories, some establishing separate datacom divisions. Specialist datacom distributors have entered the marketplace. READ MORE
January 2006
Months after the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the flooding that followed, cleanup efforts in New Orleans and Gulf Coast areas slowly continue. In many areas, rebuilding has yet to begin. The electrical industry is heavily involved in recovery efforts. At the beginning of the new year, many areas still do not have electrical power. READ MORE
December 2005
Installing and wiring lights always has been a routine part of electrical contracting work. But lighting projects today—especially on high-end commercial and institutional projects—have changed radically over the past several years, bringing new challenges and new opportunities for contractors to install new, state-of-the-art lighting systems. READ MORE
September 2005
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is an innovative “trenchless” construction procedure. It has been in use for a dozen years to make trenchless installations of cable, conduit and duct in areas where surface improvements or crowded utility easements make excavation impractical or impossible. READ MORE
July 2005
Manufacturers of manual and power hand tools strive to develop products that help users be more efficient and productive. In recent years, efforts have centered on making tools that are versatile, user-friendly and durable. The variety of multipurpose tools is growing. Power tools pack more power in smaller, lighter packages with a significant shift from corded to cordless models. READ MORE
June 2005
The tools electricians use every day pose the risk of injury-ranging from banging a thumb with a hammer to serious accidents with power tools. And when projects require working near live conductors or circuit parts, using the wrong tool or making a simple mistake can have fatal results. Proper tool use is only one facet of job-site safety, but it is extremely important. READ MORE
May 2005
Natural disasters are big news. Television presents live images of the devastation and the faces and voices of the victims of hurricanes, forest fires, tornadoes and other catastrophes. Newspapers follow with detailed accounts of property damage, injuries and death tolls. Cleanup and early recovery efforts usually receive media attention, but they quickly fade from the headlines. READ MORE