Thanks for the "love your avatar" statement. Yep, trying different things out.
Put it at 30 psi and been shaking it a little bit every once in awhile. Been on there for about 5 hours now and guess I will leave it there overnight. Shake it more tomorrow and see what I have tomorrow night. I will keep playing with it, reading all of y'all's various techniques and see what might become mine.
Interesting about the volume reading seeming lower when chilled. I did not know that, thanks for that tip. I was a bit surprised when I finally got the regulator on there that I had lost so much. Now it appears that I did not lose as much.
No, did not use teflon tape. Heard mixed results about that and since all of these connections are brand new, i.e., new tank, new regulator, the plastic washer seemed to do the trick like it should.
I am chilling the CO2 because I have read that chilled tank going into a chilled keg carbonates faster and with more ease. I actually have read that in several places so if that is not necessarily true, let me know. This is only a 5lb tank and I have a spare frig so this is not a hardship. When I get a 20 lb or so that might be more problematic.
Thanks all for the comments.