i am connecting my 2 ADC punchdown bays as we speak. thought i'd check out gearslutz as a distraction, wiring this thing up is tedious.. thank god i didn't get a solder bay.
i'm about 75% done and the ball of my hand is very sore from punching down. i tried using a hammer and broke one of the jacks.tutt
stripping the wire is not neccessary. no i dont put shrinktube on the bare wire, its really not necessary as long as you keep the leads short.
i've also learned that some shields such as starquad are too thick for the punchdown blocks. these need thinning out before connection.