Yea, it can be done if you've got a modicum of backyard engineering experience. I've done it myself. But this is one area where a nice stand makes life so much easier that you're just better off biting the bullet and going store bought if you can at all afford it. Or better yet, have your wife buy you one this Xmas. It's the best gift mine's ever given me. Of course I'll deny saying that. Anyway, you don't have to spend a fortune... something like this http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ruing%20Stands
. You'll probably spend half that down at the local True Value getting stuff to convert your light stand, so why not invest?