Here’s a great mini-tutorial from Mike at Electronics-Lab.com Blog about how to create your own Nixie Tube socket that will help protect your tubes (and your project) as you add and remove units:
In this mini tutorial we introduce a quick and cheap way to make your own Nixie Tube sockets to use them on your next Nixie project. A socket enables you to change a damaged Nixie Tube quickly and with minimum effort.
- plastic stand-off bases that comes with many of the Nixies
- universal IC socket header
- glue (optional)
- common tools