THE THREE STOOGES STRIKES AGAIN !!!!!!!
OK, I almost have to laugh (or cry)
I decided to tighten my Clippard needle valve. It screws directly into the regulator. It must have been fully tight already. I promptly rung it off.
Luckily, I have a Noshok valve for a backup so I gathered all the fittings together to hook it up. I took the regulator out to the garage so I could put it in the vise while I tightend all the connections. When I put it in the vise I noticed that the body (the part that the adjustment screw fits in) was totally loose. Dunno if it would have leaked CO2 from there but it's nice and tight now.
My 6 year old asked me if she could play with the now broken Clippard valve and I said sure, why not. A few minutes later I looked over at here and she had manged to unscrew the valve from the body and it was now in 2 pieces. She did this without any tools so it had to be super loose to begin with.
Anyway, it's all back together now and I made sure everything was good and tight. Hopefully, if the problem was in this area, it's fixed now.
This all sounds like a Rube Goldberg fix.