Tell us about yourself!
What an ignorant and naive thing to say.
Nice but I don't think this should qualify. Anyone who builds a house pretty much could put theirs in the contest. Also, did you check your building code? Normally there is a building setback from a property/fence line.
I used needle nose pliers as you suggested and the valve would not re-seat, no matter what. All gas leaked out. I think unscrewing it would be better.