Introduction: DIP-8 IC Sockets in Need!
There was a time for an electronic hobbyist like me forgot to order DIP-8 IC Sockets when I ordered some of these 8-pin ICs, for examples, DS1307 - Real Time Clock, LM555 - Timer IC, LM386N or TDA7052 Audio Amp IC, ..., etc., to be used in the project.
I did not want to order only a $0.69 IC Socket or I did not want to wait around for another three or four days. Or I did not want to drive around try to find it (or may be not), at the local electronic supply store. And I did not want to solder the IC to the PCB directly, or permanently, since some of the IC would melt on the inside.
Here's what I did to make the 'DIP-8 IC Sockets In Need!'
Find more number of pins DIP IC socket in your component chest, or box, or wherever you store your components, or even the one that already soldered on the PCB. (Here I used DIP-18 that I had long, long time ago, when I had to order in a package of 10).
Then I pushed the middle pins on each side (pin # 5 and 14) out using the needle nose pliers.
And I cut it in half using small pull saw.
Here we go! I got two DIP-8 IC sockets that I need!
Whenever I used the 'emergency' DIP-8 socket I made, I would place the cut side as indicator of pin #1 and #8 similar to the notch on the ordinary DIP-8 IC socket.