I would ALWAYS punch down to jacks and then use store bought patch cords for all you connects. Also a good practice to leave slack at both ends on the cables.
I've got a patch panel that I will be punching down to. Until I get an HVAC guy to come move a fresh air duct, I can't get to it, so I'm terminating both ends. I'll only do one more and then begin the search for a good HVAC installer. So sick of sweating.
On my cable last night, I had about 4-6 feet of slack that my 'contractor' chose to smash behind the sheathing breaking two wires, and leaving me about 6" after I cut it out of the wall to terminate. I had one failed attempt on that end, and if I failed again, I would be out of room to work. The pucker factor was high.
Educate me on the difference in stranded wire and solid wire...I thought I had this down, and perhaps I bought the wrong plugs.
I'm pretty sure it's because beer and terminating tiny little wires don't go together well, but if I can blame it on something else, hooray!
Also, I wiggled, bent and smoothed those wires like a champ. My thumb was sore this morning.
Appreciate everyone's input. Got the furniture out last night too, and will be ordering granite top for the egg table tomorrow.
Going to enjoy it for a little while, and then get to fixing all the things my 'contractor' screwed up.