thanks- i'm pretty handy but leary of doing "too" much, particularly around gas where the end result of a mistake is well, NOT GOOD!
yes there is only one valve for both burners so i'll try and access the problem side burner to see if theres anything plugging up anywhere and check the orifice as well. after of course i shut the gas off and purge. i will check to see how "easy" a swap would be as i do know what you mean by the problem would follow. (changing burner not really an option cuz of age and cost). i did find this out and please dont laugh-- haha, cuz i am, the house was built in 46 and its still the "original"
if that dont do it, its a call to the pros again.
funny it hasn't "poofed" out since i started this thread, we've got some cold and serious wind on the way to Detroit so i'll see how it goes.