Help! Clogged sink =(

My bathroom sink is clogged! Some brainy person decided to wash paper pellets down the sink and well, uhh, it's uber clogged. Two bottles of Draino have not made a difference. Any help? I would really like to be able to wash my hands after using the toilet....Just kidding, there's 2 more bathrooms to use

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Help! Leaky Sink!

Help! I'm at my Mom's house and I heard a water drip, then a trickle and now its a steady stream of water leaking from below the sink!  I know my Momma's got some water damage under there but I just need a quick fix until she can get the bigger problem resolved.  Here are some pics of the problem.  It seems to be leaking from the top, what should I buy to seal this off?  Any particular brand that you guys know of that will work for sure?? Thanks!

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Heat sink mystery

While harvesting parts from a tiny refrigerator, I found something that I don't understand. There was a heat sink about 6 inches square on the back with a 12v fan attached. Underneath this arrangement was a smaller heat sink about 3 inches square and sandwiched between the two was an aluminum block, also 3 inches square and about 1/2 inch thick. Between the block and the large unit is what appears to be a ceramic tile about 2 inches square, seperated from the larger sink with a thin layer of white foam. This tile is glued very securely to the back of the larger heat sink. What puzzles me are the two wires running from a PCB to the ceramic tile. They disappear into the foam but I can't tell what they connect to. A heat sensor that is attached to the large sink, perhaps? There was a twist knob inside the unit that allowed you to adjust temperature from Min to Max. I don't want to pry off the tile just yet in case this might be something useful in its current condition. This refrigerator is probably more of an ice chest than anything, else. There are no coils on the back and no compressor. The only motor is what drove the fan. There is a drip pan on the back and what looks like a plastic hose connection but I don't know if this tube let water in or out. The whole refrigerator is only about 2 feet cubed. It was powered by a standard grounded AC cord. How did this thing cool? And what do those mysterious wires under the ceramic tile serve?

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My candles are sinking? Answered

I made some candles earlier today, by melting existing candles and pouring them into a mould ( a pepsi can) 2 hours later this has happened (see below)! Why has this happened and how can I reverse/ stop it?

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resin or other material for sink?

I'd like to try making my own bathroom sink, and I'm wondering what sort of material(s) would resist cracking / chipping / discoloration, and preferably not be poisonous.   My first thought was some sort of cast resin.  Googling "cast resin sinks" will turn up a ton of cool looking products.  Bonus is being able to light it up from the inside.  I'm not sure what sort of resin is used for those products, though. I also considered the "inverse":  sculpting a shape out of wood etc., then layering it with something like Aquaresin with fiberglass reinforcement, and polishing.  Might not be a tough enough surface, but perhaps could be sealed with an epoxy / urethane / what have you. I'm not sure that going fired clay will give me the modern / futuristic look I'm going for... Unless there's a way to have someone apply a glossy ceramic coating to a piece that you bring in. Concrete was considered and discarded - mostly for aesthetic reasons, but also weight.  Really, resin seems the easiest route - but still looking for input from any materials experts out there.

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expanded graphite heat-sink? Answered

Okay , I've searched and searched and cannot find what I'm looking for. Maybe the other diy'ers can help me. 1.What I'm looking for is a heat-sink made of expanded graphite or (carbon, graphite (∥) as it might be known as well) that is actually in the shape of a traditional aluminum heat-sink with the fins and NOT in the shape of thin film as it is very commonly available. I don't even know if it exists or is manufactured by any company. I've tried contacting some companies about it but they have yet to get back to me. The reason I want this is for the tremendous increase in heat conductivity as in this chart shown on this webpage http://physics.info/conduction/ . The application I am trying to use it for needs a raised, elongated surface area to displace heat semi-uniformly, hence why I need fins like a traditional heat-sink instead of the commonly available film expanded graphite online. 2. If it does exist or is able to be manufactured, would it be a ridiculously priced part or would it be a reasonable priced part? (Just doing small scale tests for now so it would be the size of a FET finned sink). 3. From what I've read it seems possible by maybe layering the films into a stacked lattice, keeping heat transfer perpendicular to the lattice, but what are your thoughts all? (I question bonding the layers myself but I don't know if you could hard press the layers together without a bonding agent since any bonding agent being used I believe would reduce the thermal conductivity quite a bit, but I'm not incredibly familiar with expanded graphite). Any and all help would be appreciated from this wonderful community Best regards, Velesh

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How can I put a toilet and a window in a closet used as a dark room with a sink?

My closet used to be a darkroom. there is only one toilet in thie little house so another would be a blessing! Would be nice to still have a sink too. RIght now, it's mostly shelves and a sink that works, but I don't use it, coz it's my closet. A window, possibly bumped out a bit would be great.

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I want to use a water catchment under my outdoor kitchen sink to re-use the water. Answered

It would need to be a max. 20" high and 16" around. We'd need a multi-filter as well. Thank you!

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Plumbing -

I need help!  I have an extremely small bathroom that has the lavatory plumbing on the side, not the back.  I don't like the cabinet (you can sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time) and want to get rid of it, but I have not been able to find a pedestal sink or other cabinet to replace what's there.  Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  And no, the plumbing cannot be moved.   

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Cutting the trim around a steel sink

I need some professional advice. I need to decide on a sink for my future apartment (under construction) and I don't have the choices I like. I really want an undermount sink with a satin finish - and it's hard to come around where I live  (South America). I have found a satin finish drop-in type sink, and I am wondering if it could be cut to be used as an undermount sink. My question is, will the bowl of the sink warp if the frame is cut? The sink I want to cut looks like this but without the strainer on the left. Red lines indicate how I would like to cut the sink.  Thanks for your time, Colorex

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Convert a sink hose to filtered water dispenser

I don't use the hose mounted in my sink for rinsing dishes, or anything at all... but I do drink a lot of water! What if the spray head was removed and a water filter was installed? I'd definitely use it over my bulky Pur filter that leaks. Who's up for the challenge?!? :D

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Dishwasher not draining, kitchen sink and bathtub draining slowly?

Recently everything seems to be draining slowly. I snaked the bathtub and removed a chunk of hair but it's still draining slow. My dishwasher isn't draining properly and the sinks partially fill up when dishwasher is running. Also the kitchen sink drains slowly. Could this be an air vent block? Last winter we  had a similar issue with our kitchen sink, after snaking, baking soda and vinegar etc it still would not drain well. We thought it might be ice buildup in the pipes? If it is an air vent block how would one go about unclogging? Also is there any chance the air vent would come out of the side of the house and not the top?

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How can I convert an existing sink to become a table without removing the plumbings, etc?

I have a vanity sink just right beside our bathroom, so this vanity sink is pretty much useless. i'm planning to convert this sink into table without removing all the plumbings, etc? I'm thinking maybe i'll just cover it with a plyboard on top, but i want to make it nicer as well. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Arduino Current Sourcing for Common Anode RGB

Question: Is it safe for the arduino to sink more current then the arduino is sourcing? (see diagram below) My project requires 12 of large 10mm RGB leds,  broken down this is 36 leds in total, which exceeds maximum draw,  the design calls for the LED's to share a 5v+ from a seperate 5v regulator, then sink each pin to low to turn them on is this correct?

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what kind of water resistant coat should i use ? Answered

Hi Everyone ... i hope someone can help me with this is, or suggest me a solution, i am trying to make a custom sink for my kitchen. so what i did, is that i bought a  metal bowl from ikea, sprayed it with white, and then i drawed some paterns with photoshop and printed them on a vinyl sticker, witch i sticked to the bowl ( see the pictures ) . To not ruin my pattern, and because i have use the bowl as a sink, i need to coat it with somekind of resistant water coating to protect it ( a transparent coating ) .. any idea what should i use ? honestly i've been looking around and i can't find suitable solution.

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I have a small heatsink and fan,What do i do with it?

Its about 6 Cm Wide and 4 Cm tall. The same for the fan. It came from an old computer that is now fried.

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My faucet is beyond leaky... help?

The picture is of my kitchen faucet when it is turned off. This is a brand new faucet. It was replaced a month ago after the old one (which I'm pretty sure was there for quite a few years - definitely longer than the two years we've been here) started doing the same thing. I know nothing about faucets (other than how to take them out of the box and follow the instruction manual to install them), but I'm really hoping I don't have to buy another one, and I would really like some idea as to what is causing this because it seems to be a recurring issue. Can anyone help me with this?

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Color changing LED faucet?

I'm looking to make one of those faucets that changes color with the temperature of the water coming out of it. I already have a preliminary circuit using a thermistor, an LM311 comparator and a couple LED's. Just wondering if anyone had any tips of how to refine or whatever. Also hitting a roadblock on how to power this, as I want to make it entirely analog (no microcontrollers, just op amps and the like) and I want it to be fitted to an actual faucet nozzle. If it is fitted to a nozzle, space is very limited and batteries are really not desired. I was thinking along the lines of a mini waterwheel or something that uses kinetic energy from the water.

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Soil for sandy sink hole areas

Our home is on sand, lime, sink holes. It helps to direct rainwater away from the structure to prevent sink holes. My question is if there are recommended soil treatments for sand. If it will help to coat the perimeter with two feet of soil and sod, I'll do it. I really like landscaping and I just wanna make sure using a few feet of fertile soil and sod is an option without making things worse. Any other recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thanks all.

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how do you sink-fold?

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Does a basement sink require venting?

 We live in a house built in 1979, and the builder subbed a drain pipe in the basement concrete for a wet bar.  They installed it far too close to the wall to build a bar, but too far from a wall to be useful in any way.  We have enclosed it in a small room behind a fish tank, and we want to make a small utility sink to drain the tank.  It doesn't have a water source, and it is awkwardly positioned in the room, even in this application.  I was looking through a home improvement book and saw a photograph of a basement subbed for a bath and it showed a sink vent.  Our drain most certainly doesn't have a vent.  Is this an issue?  Does every sink/drain need venting, or is it enough that (hopefully) the other drains in the house are vented?

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Head/Pillow Heat Sink Materials

I'm wanting to build a heat sink for my head/pillow at night. The reason? My head frequently gets too hot at night giving me bad dreams, headaches, and sometimes keeping me up for hours. What I've come up with is steel or copper BBs contained in a thin plastic bag to prevent corrosion and enclosed in fabric for comfort and durability. Does anyone have a better idea, especially for the heat sink (metal) part?

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LED matrix array sink and source? Answered

Looking at  matth3w instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Umbrella-with-Arduino/ , as a rough guide line for hardware setup, He is just sourcing the rows with MIC2981 driver but has nothing to sink the current except the arduino. Should I also use something to sink the current like a ULN2803 or HEF4794 to protect the arduino if all the LEDs in a column are on?

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to hook-up portable washer to sink

 when putting the adapter on do i hold in the red button or what.never did before.please help

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LED sink driver and Arduino question.?

Hi ... I would like to ask, if I can use 2 of these LED sink drivers uk.farnell.com/jsp/search/productdetail.jsp by using/controlling them just from 3 pins on my Arduino ??? I think, that it should be possible thanks to the pin22 SDO (datasheet www.farnell.com/datasheets/456099.pdf) ... what do you think ??? If yes, is there any limitation on HOW MANY shift registers/LED drivers you can connect "in a row" by using just 3 pins on Arduino ??? Could I use 4 of these drivers and control them just by 3 pins on Arduino ??? Thank you in advance for your answers...zholy

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How do you go about turning a faux drawer under your kitchen or bathroom sink into a tilt-out drawer?

I have faux drawers under my kitchen and bathrooms sinks and would like a little extra storage for small stuff. I have seen these tilt-out drawers in some homes and would like to know how to go about converting my faux drawers to the tilt-out variety.

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How to remove colloidal silver stains? Answered

​Does anyone know of a method for removing colloidal silver stains from porcelain? I'm afraid I may have ruined my sink!

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Whats the easiest way to make a height adjustable wash basin?

 I would like to make a height adjustable wash basin for someone in a wheelchair. It needs to be capable of being adjusted with one hand and must be able to lock in position. I already have the flexible plumbing supplies and waste fittings. I know that it can be done with electrics but am looking for a cheap alternative. Thanks.

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how do I remove mineral buildup from sink handles? Answered

Hi there! I have a problem where I can't remove this green mineral buildup from my sink handles, and drain thingy that sticks up out of the hole. It's really annoying as I have used everything under the sun to get it off! How should I remove it? I'll post a pic of it so you can see it. Info: Sink is porcelain that's it!!

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does anyone know how to remove bubbles from the kitchen sink?

Do you know those pesky bubbles in your kitchen sink that always reside after you finish washing up the dishes? well i know them all too well and they never pop however much i poke them or blow on them or hair dryer them :( i had a look online and found a idea that you can tip ground pepper on the suds to pop them efficiently, but all it did was pop a couple of centermeters of the bubble monolith and now my sink smells like pepper :( does anyone have anyone ideas/experience as to how sove my bubbly problem?

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Kitchen sink won't drain, seems like there is an obstruction. Liquid drain cleaners have not worked.

This issue is with the left side of a double kitchen sink, which will not drain at all. The right side drains fine. We do not have a garbage disposal or dishwasher. Liquid drain cleaners have not worked. My husband used a snake in the sink, it only went in about an inch and it felt like it was hitting something very hard like metal all th way around. What could be the problem?

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What kind of valve can I put under the sink in the kitchen to allow electronic shutoff?

 Looking for a good valve that can shut off electronically. I want to connect it to a water sensor, in order to shut off the water in the kitchen in case of a leak.

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Driving an LED Array without sourcing or sinking too much current and without too much resistance dimming the LED's?

I want to use a microcontroller (I haven't chosen which one yet) to control a large number of RGB LED's for use in an LED cube type display, and my concern is that assuming specs of about 20/25 mA source/sink capacity, how do i provide sufficient current to drive that many LED's in a multiplexed array? The Multiplexing also presents a problem, since a 4x4x4 RGB LED cube contains 256 different leads, each ideally with independent control, but I think i can work that out with multiplexing and the judicious use of MUX and de-MUX IC's.

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Drain line from dishwasher is leaking when the garbage disposal is turned on?

So occasionally when we turn on the garbage disposal there's a PVC pipe in the cabinet under the sink where the drain line from the dishwasher feeds into that will spew water out all over the floor of the sink cabinet. It seems like it mainly happens when we hit the garbage disposal while the dishwasher is running. The sink will sometimes have water in it - but not full. This last time it was filled about 1/3 of the way with water. Other times it's had even less. Are we just not supposed to run the disposal when the dishwasher is running? Or could it just be a clogged pipe that we need to run a snake through? Thanks in advance for your help. :)

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How to set up a heatsink...not inside a computer? Answered

Im thinking of buying a heatsink with a fan on it. If I dont put it in a computer will it work as long as it has electricity? Will it blow cool air on me if I set it up on a stand?

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Cpu fan for celeron D? Answered

I have a celeron d proccessor....i need to know if either of these or this would work....i dont really need the heatsink, as the old one works perfectly, so im guessing that they'll work, but i want to make sure...any and all suggestions are much appreciated !

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What part of a coil gun generates the most heat, and how much?

Im building a single stage handheld coilgun, and im being cautions of heat issues, (because burning myself is less than fun) so i was wondering which part (ie the coils, or the caps. etc.) generates the most heat so i can whack a heatsink or cover over it.

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is there a better way to cool my computer? Answered

I was given, a few years back, a compaq armada 7400. my brother took it apart (because he accidentally hit it with a sledgehammer and damaged the scroll knob mouse thing - don't ask) and decided that this "wire" was unnecessary. he proceeded to cut this wire. turns out, it was the heatsink. so, now I need to know- what is the quickest, dirtiest way to cool my crappy laptop? I want to make it a digital picture frame.

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Without damaging the outer rectangle portion of 1/4" thick glass, how do I cut out a sink hole for a glass counter top? Answered

Does anyone know how to cut out a circle, or other odd shaped hole, in a piece of thick glass where the goal is to not damage the outside rectangular portion of glass and the inside shape is the waste piece?  My wife wants a glass counter top on the bathroom vanity but I can't seem to cut out the hole for the sink without breaking the glass.  I have a few pieces of salvaged 1/4" thick glass but I am using them up very quickly trying to figure this out on my own!

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what size heat sink do you use with a peltier?

What size heat sink do you use with a peltier, in order to make a mini usb fridge. 70w peltier

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Has anyone made a regular-to-footpedal sink conversion?

I have had this thought for some time but don't know plumbing or mechanical movement conversion well enough to effectively pull it off. What I've done so far is install a utility sink that hooks up to a veggiebed-mounted soakhose. I think it would be great for me to build it this way (more from scratch for problem-solving) and all at my limited level, but ideally, I think this will be one next logical step in water conservation if it can be integrated into a kitchen/bathroom sink (and shower). Coupled with an adapter to funnel graywater to storage or irrigation, it becomes one better. I agree flow-restricters are a good idea as well, but I feel this additionally adds to consumer value control and potential reuse. Any ideas on this one would be valuable! Thanks!

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Tips to mod a single basin kitchen sink into a double-basin?

Greetings All, I have a largish single basin sink in my kitchen. I don't have a dishwasher, and I find that its easiest to do dishes with two basins - one for washing, the other for rinsing. I beleve this is also an efficient use of water and energy (to heat the water). Since I rent, I can't replace the sink itself, which is the most direct solution. I have tried using various tubs and buckets in the sink. To date I haven't found any that work well. Usually the geometry is all wrong. The bucket is either too small to be useful, or too big to fit in the sink. Or, the shape of the bucket or tub makes an awkward fit, and won't lie flat, etc etc. My dream solution would be to make a custom tub whose outer dimensions match exactly one half of the existing basin. Ideally out of pliable silicone. Is this feasible? THanks!

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Can I add a kitchen sink (and dishwasher) drain to an existing vent from bathroom downstairs? Answered

Im moving the kitchen sink to other side of room.  There is a vent pipe from basement bathroom running just under where the sink will be.  Can I attach the drain to the vent? I was going to use a cheater vent for the new sink.  If  I have to run the drain to the old (kitchen) drain, this will mean a new ceiling in finished basement room.

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Help with wooden bathroom sink cabinet top surface

Hi, I have just relocated to Switzerland and live in a rented accommodation. The master bathroom has double sink wooden cabinets. Unfortunately, the top surface of the cabinets is not covered by glass, marble, or quartz. The sinks sit on the surface (solid wood). No matter how careful someone might be while hand washing etc., you can't get away without splashing. Major stress if you think that you might need to pay for replacement of the cabinets at the end of tenancy.How could I protect the area? Many thanks PS. (link) Master Bathroom sink top pictures

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how can I refurbish cultured marble sink?

My house is over 20 years old and all 3 of my bathrooms have been re-done except for the sinks. Is there anything I can do to polish up or make old, scratched up cultured marble look better?

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Can the LP3943 source current as well, or only sink it? Answered

The link to the data sheet is here. All it talks about is sinking current, so my guess is yes.  I really wanted to use two of these to get a huge multiplexed array of LEDs, but one of them would need to be able to source the current, can it with the pins set high?  If not, are there other ICs like this that can do so? Thanks!

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Accurate Variable Current Sink? Differential Voltage Reference?

Some background: I have recently aquired a few really nice (and really heavy!!!) LAMBDA power supplies, The largest one supplies 24V, and up to 9A, but has annoying foldback current limiting, which causes the output shut off when even a short period overload (like inrush current) is detected. What I want: I would like to modify this power supply to give me (ideally) completly variable 0-15v dual rail voltages & 0-5A adjustable current limit, & I would like this to be controlled with arduino so that I can use a nice LCD display and control the supply remotely with a bluetooth or wifi app, and possibly do some data logging which could come in handy for energy measurements and stuff! My current PSU design: The schematic below is what I've currently built in LTspice. Both the voltage & current regulation work. The voltage across the (+) and (-) inputs of the current error amplifier should be the sum of the voltage drop across the shunt resistor and the voltage drop of a voltage reference, so when the voltage on the shunt resistor exceeds the voltage of that reference, the op amp will start to limit current by reducing the bias voltage on the pass transistor. This V_ref needs to be both variable and accurate, but since this V_ref is a differential voltage between the output of the pass transistor and the input of the error amp, I came up with the clever idea to use a resistor there and a variable constant current sink. That way the constant current through that resistor results in a fixed V_drop across it. With a bit of fudging around with it, I was able to make it work. However, I need to replace that "ideal" current sink with a real one. I tried using the classic NPN-based one, but it wasn't good enough. I then attempted to make the slightly improved version of that current sink with a spare op amp, although this worked, it would stop pulling current once the voltage fell below what was being maintained across the small resistor. The REAL question: Would anyone happen to know how to make a really accurate and variable current sink? Maybe if this is not such a great idea, what other methods can I use to generate a fixed differential voltage?

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