thanks mark....HF has that welder for $119. I'm not much of a welder but with a little practice I catch on fast and think I could do it. The hint about the anti-splatter is a good one. I see that this technique is more aesthetically appealing than the screw job.Flux core is not optimal, but it would/could work. You would be plenty surprised to know that you could build an inexpensive purge box, fill it with cheap CO2 and weld with non-flux wire to get much better results.
Flux core will work, just make sure to coat the receiver in anti-splatter coating (the stuff they use to protect MIG nozzles) and you should be good even with the flux core and it will make the splatter a non issue for the most part. If you MIG weld without flux core wire, this trick can help too. Of course a TIG will get the nicest result on something like this.
I'm waiting for someone to use JB weld though.