I got my neighbor down the street, ol' Shorty, to come down and check it out. He has been a metal worker for years. He'* the one that tipped me off on this deal.... Dude'* about eighty but he still is out in the yard bangin' metal most days.
And-- talk about scrappy! Ol Shorty thinks the problem might be in the gauge fitting, that there is a small leak that gets worse when you turn the handle. He even tried swapping out one of his own tanks to test it. You know his advice to me??? "Kick it!!" Yeah, sounds nuts, but he says that a good swift kick on the gauge will probably fix it. Before I even get a chance to question him, the old guy jumps up and gives a karate kick to the gauge!!!
What the ---?!?! Dude cracks me up...LOL. My wife managed to snap a shot with her cellphone but unfortunately she had to leave. I will post a pic after she gets home.