I was able to repair the drum using my MIG welder and after being reassembled it runs smooth and quiet. The material in this drum is very thin and a person must be very careful when welding. I also used a small piece of sheet metal as a patch . I also used some JB epoxy and after it dried it was smoothed out with a file. The opposite end of the drum seam is also starting to crack but it is not likely to split for quite a long time.