Originally Posted by Pete_P /forum/post/14263734
Personally I'm not a fan of the impact punch downs. All they do additionally is cut the wire as you push it down. You can't use them on electronic boards or anything fragile.
I instead use a manual punch down then waste a few more seconds using a small snipper to cut the wire.
Originally Posted by egnlsn /forum/post/14264816
Just make sure and use cutters that cut the wire flat against the body. A piece of wire hanging out could cause grief.
Originally Posted by Pete_P /forum/post/14264912
Good point. The cutters I use get the wire cut flush so I have never encountered any problems with my method and would not have thought of that.
Originally Posted by botcher /forum/post/14265128
Or buy a good quality adjustable impact tool, such as those made by Harris. Set the impact so its just enough for the job.
They even make one that comes with two blades - a 110 and a 66 blade, and each blade is double sided - one end with a side that cuts, and the other end which does not cut. The unused blade stores in a cutout on the rear end of the handle, and is locked into place, so it won't get lost.
I've used the Harris impact on many installations, even circuit-board mounted 110 terminations, and never have a problem. Perfect connection, and a nice clean cut all in one step.
As with any other tools, you get what you pay for. The aforementioned tool runs around $100 or so.
Originally Posted by fedders /forum/post/14265310
The wire needs to be cut off exactly at the IDC (to eliminate possible shorts)...
IDC = Insulation Displacement Connector (the V-shaped metal connector inside a 110-style block)