Thanks, I should really do that, but I never would have thought to do so. We have the NICEST people on TEG!!!Ducks, even though it is new I suggest you talk to your county extension office about getting it checked out. I also have a Presto, it uses the gauge instead of the weighted rocker. Your extension office should be able to test that gauge for you to make sure it is reading correctly. They'll also look the the canner to see that the gasket is still good and everything in undamaged and in working order. Maybe that will give you a little more confidence.
When you are ready to use it let us know. Maybe we can help talk you through it and make sure you have the right accessories. Once you learn the procedure it's not hard. But you do need ot follow the procedure.
I have made three batches in the last year bc MY crew ate through them, too. They all put them on their hamburgers, ignore the onions so that I can eat them.If I get some cucumbers I'm going to have to make bread and butter pickles. The Wildbunch has ate through half of mine already.