Repairing an Aluminum Frame
I was recently in an accident and just aft of the weld where one of my chainstays meets the bottom bracket (actually on the Lite it's the motor assembly) cracked, but not all the way through. I've always been under the impression that once an Al frame is cracked it's dead, but one of my neighbors is an industrial welder, and works with Al daily, swears up and down he can repair my frame. His says he can re-weld, and then sheath my chainstay.
Is this a reasonable fix, or would I be taking my life in my own hands?