Introduction: Laptop Hinge Hack

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My laptop screen hinges gave out. I came up with this fix which on this site is the first attempt using hot glue. I ultimately used Gorrila Glue instead...and is holding months later.

Step 1: Get Lid Support

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Buy a lid support at a local hardware store. This one is 7.5"...a bit too large for my laptop.

Step 2: Get APPROPRIATE Lid Support

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This lid support has a sliding piece with a screw and washers for smooth movement. If you take the washers out, the screw will act as a tensioner, limiting or completely eliminating sliding.

Step 3: Take Screw Out and Start Squishing

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You can get thumb screws in nearly any size, but squashing the head of a screw in a vise to make your own is so much more fun (see photo 2).

Step 4: Prepare Your Work Area

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For this practice run I used hot glue....the final hack will use A/B epoxy or similar adhesive. (Actually I ended up using Gorilla Glue. Still holding months later!)

Step 5: Scuff Surface

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Scuffing the surface helps glue/epoxy adhere. It gives it something to "stick" to.

Step 6: Glue Base to Laptop Body

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This part is easy- you glue the base of the lid support to the furthest point closest to the old hinge....meaning as far "back" as possible. Don't forget to allow for clearance of the little pivot point that holds the arm and base together....too far in and the lid won't close. Notice it is a bit off to the right?

Step 7: Glue Slider to Lid

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This is a bit probably want to be closer-than-center to the hinge end of the laptop. This will allow for the the lid to be open or closed in the most amount variable positions. You don't want to be too far one way or the other, but I found that one width of the slider towards the lid hinge from center of the lid is optimal.

Step 8: Re-assemble Screw/slider

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Once the slider is fixed to the lid, reassemble the "thumb" screw and lockback (a metal washer would work too) Use the thumb screw to loosen or tighten as needed for positions.
Notice the luxurious brassness? That's high class.

Step 9: Final Thoughts

I am going to use better adhesive as stated in previous step. Hot glue doesn't cut it as a permanent fix. Although it worked great to test the hack. I am sure A/B epoxy or "JB Weld" will work MUCH better. Maybe even small screws, but I am afraid to start screwing into my laptop. Hope you enjoyed.


osobab (author)2015-05-31

really brilliant, I'm going to try it ASAP, thanks for the tutorial and the idea :D

my problem is caused originally because I bought my "samsung" laptop from a country and currently live in country where there is no "samsung" laptops or replacement parts for it in the market. Thanks a lot :)

Davide_at_debian (author)2014-03-30

No no! I'd never use an external improvised hinge for my notebook.
It looks horrible and, beside, it's sustained by screws on the plastic
chassis, which isn't *that* solid.

For my own Acer Extensa - which was in horrible conditions - I've
used and internal steel plate to fix the broken hinges. Looking from
outside, you can't even see it!

I wrote more details here:

sendnfix (author)2011-02-04

Its probably a lot cheaper to just get the hinge off ebay and go tot he manufacturers website to learn how to swap it. You can also send it to they fix laptops

xrobevansx (author)sendnfix2011-03-12

I don't mind you spamming my instructable, but please be honest. There is NO WAY your service is cheaper than my fix.

finton (author)xrobevansx2014-02-08

You're just too generous xrobevansx. I do mind sendnfix spamming your instructable: he (?) could at least have been more direct about his shameless hustling. Would also have helped if he'd written an 'ible or two before doing so.

Anyway, love the hinge hack! As others have said: very steampunk.

awilson-5 (author)sendnfix2011-03-12

I don't know about "cheaper". A refurbished hinge kit for my HP laptop was about $40. That lid support costs, what, about six bucks?

nminter (author)awilson-52012-03-03

$2.50 in some areas!

snowbarrr (author)2013-05-16

Hi, I know this is an old instructable, and I'm really hoping you still check this, but I was wondering where you got the piece that slides? You can see in your picture in step one, there is no sliding part included in the package for the hinge. That is the exact same hinge I got (and also does not have a sliding piece). Did you use a different hinge than shown in your first picture?

I love this, btw. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing

xrobevansx (author)snowbarrr2013-05-18

I am almost positive the one in step 1 did have the other part (I opened the package and I think I forgot to put it back in)...and as you can see it was a bit too large @ 7.5"

I believe the one I got was 6"

Here are two:

georion (author)2012-09-03

used to think Gorilla glue was ad joke --Great STUFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!

sakyh (author)2012-07-22

It's been about a million internet years since you published this, but I wanted to say--great idea! The hinges on my laptop are both totally busted, and I think this is a great solution.
I tried it out, and while it initially seemed to be working, I had a problem: when screwing the thumbscrew tighter, it pulled the little part attached to the lid away. I noticed that when the hinges are up, there's a noticeable space of a centimeter or so between it and the part on the lid. Maybe I need tougher glue (I'm using E-6000 right now), or more washers to make up for that space....I'm not really sure. I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually! :p
Anyway, thanks! :D

jchudleigh (author)2011-11-08

That fix looked so cool I did it even with good hinges on my laptop, they should come from the factory looking like that. The laptop sits in the pilot house on my boat so functionality overrides ascetics a big wave can pound a lid closed this way the lid hangs in there even in the big blows.

xrobevansx (author)jchudleigh2011-11-08

That's awesome! Great application! What kind of boat? Where you out of?

jchudleigh (author)xrobevansx2011-11-09

It's an older 100 foot packer. And I'm sending this from the boat.

xrobevansx (author)jchudleigh2011-11-08

Maybe Panasonic Toughbooks will be made with this feature. If so I want to get my royalties!

coffeeShop (author)2011-03-10

wow .... your idea is original !

ksurf84 (author)2010-07-31

Just tried this with my Compaq laptop. Seems to be holding. Thanks!

xrobevansx (author)ksurf842010-08-01

Great to hear another person was able to use my instructable!! THANKS!!!

Leo! (author)2010-06-20

Hi there! Here is my solution for a toshiba satellite is in spanish but the pictures can help, if someone want to now something i will answer happily! cheers

Johndmcc (author)2010-06-14

I tried to do this hack with my Toshiba A45, but I couldn't get it to sit right. The sides of the keyboard area are angled. And, I couldn't get the hinge far enough over for the lid to close properly. Can you tell me how to go about that?

xrobevansx (author)Johndmcc2010-06-16

Try gluing to the keyboard portion of the slider to the more angled side, and bend to align with the lid. Also, you may need to build out the mount for the lid portion of the slider. You could probably use a small bit of wood or plastic.

usir001 (author)2010-04-21


I loved your solution. I came up with a solution for a similar problem on my Dell latitude X300, repairing the broken hinge. You can see my solution here (in Spanish, sorry about that):

The replacement parts are very difficult to find here in Argentina, where I'm from. Hope my solution is useful to someone out there.

Achan20 (author)2010-03-21

looks really cool. it looks kind of steampunk-ish. you should do the wooden laptop mod along with that hinge. that would look uber cool

DavidBradbury (author)2010-03-08

Thanks for the great idea! Just did it myself. Makes it look a bit steam-punk :p Might spray-paint it as well!

resaw (author)2010-02-04

Brilliant! Fixed my Toshiba Satellite using this method in about one hour. I used two part, five minute epoxy. Should get me another year or so of use. And we all know the longer you wait to buy a PC, the cheaper and faster they get! And the brass hinge looks pimp against the metallic blue cover. Thanks for the post.

xrobevansx (author)resaw2010-02-07

 Resaw- Glad it worked out well for you!  Thanks for the kind words.

SeaCaptain (author)2009-09-29

Excellent Instructable! Fixed my lid/screen with this fix. I had a hard time finding a straight slider bracket as the big box stores are selling only curved ones. I did find the straight at ACE hardware but it was a couple of dollars more than the big box stores. Anyway, I tried a few different glues (including epoxy), however, the best was SHOE GLUE. I needed to repair some boots and thought it might work as a glue due to the excellent hold on the repaired boots. Worked great! No more pillows or books to hold up my lid/screen! Thanks for the info!!

SeaCaptain (author)SeaCaptain2009-09-29

Actually, the glue I used is called SHOE GOO. Works well!

xrobevansx (author)SeaCaptain2009-09-29

Glad to hear it SeaCaptain! Thanks for the comment!

hingefix (author)2008-04-26

WOW! Thats pretty clever...I woulda never thought of that... But that wouldnt of worked with the hinge problem I have on my HP DV9000 laptop. I, like thousands of others are having the left hinge crack from normal use. This is a major problem and HP knows it! I decided to fix it myself because the parts were over $200 and are on back order! I also did not want to go without my computer while it was off being fixed. I hope other people will find this site useful and repair it themselves!

brudge2140 (author)hingefix2009-08-19

what do you ask for at

Bigdog7 (author)hingefix2008-04-29

That looks like just what I need one my truck box lids which no longer stay up. But you might check out for laptops hinge repairs. They say they can make custom adapters for different models.

xrobevansx (author)Bigdog72008-04-29

30 bucks for one hinge? 50 bucks for 2?? No way, I'll take my 3 dollar fix over them any day!

chuckhodits (author)2009-06-04

this REALLY worked. I used JB Weld because I have used this stuff before. The hinges I bought at Lowes for $2.34. I would suggest putting the the screw on piece on the screen first, this gives you something solid to attach to when putting the lid holder on the base of the laptop..

xrobevansx (author)chuckhodits2009-06-04

Glad to hear it Chuck! Thanks for the tip!

colombiancannon (author)2007-10-22

I tried it and it works perfectly. I went to Home Depot and went searching for the Stanley brand, the sales associate told me they don't carry the Stanley brand, but I found another brand called IVES SCHLAGE (retail price $2.97). I also purchased Gorilla glue name brand($4.97) They had several types of Gorilla glue, so I got the one that said "QUICK CURE, DRIES WHITE" It's in an orange box. I applied the glue to the lid support, the glue dries in 1 hour, leaves a hardened foam texture around the lid support, but it doesn't look bad. My laptop is the Toshiba A45, so the sides are very narrow that curved down to the sides, but I was able to glue the lid in place, put some tape on it , to keep in place. Make sure you don't get the gorilla glue on your screen, the glue is strong and will make a nasty stain that might not disappear. Now I have a screen that stays in place. Thanks XROBEVANSX for this hack and I hope others will try it. I don't really close my laptop, so the glue that I used will probably do the job that I intended it for. SIDE NOTE: The only step that I didn't use was step 5, I didn't have to scuff the area for the glue. The brand I used was strong enough.

Glad to hear it! I am glad to be of service!

Instigator117 (author)xrobevansx2008-11-09

xrobevansx, what size do you recommend, if 7.5 is too large. I know it depends on the laptop, but I'm not sure what to order for my PowerBook G4 (15 inch) Mac. I have to order the hinge online as my last resort. Friggen Home Depot in my area doesn't have this lid support. Thanks

xrobevansx (author)Instigator1172008-11-09

I would recomment 5-6". Check the small mom & pop hardware stores or look online for "adjustable lid support", here are 2:

romigreat (author)xrobevansx2009-01-27

Hi man, I have compaq presarioV5000 series. What size u recommend for me? Please give me the online store link too. Thanks.

xrobevansx (author)romigreat2009-05-30

I think that is the same basic size as mine, so I'd go with what I used.

matteatschicken (author)2009-05-29

This works great! $3.74 was the total cost for the hinge support and a thumb screw. I used some super glue to stick the support on, and there is no visible glue or mess whatsoever. Thanks for the great post!

No problem...glad to help!

mjshark (author)2009-05-27

"Notice the luxurious brassness? That's high class."


xrobevansx (author)mjshark2009-05-30 is!

Instigator117 (author)2008-11-09

I have a PowerBook G4, and I'm pretty sure someone already mentioned that they have crappy hinges. Mine broke.
The Home Depot I went to didn't have the sliding hinge. :(
I went to my local hardware store, and they didn't have it either.

This is a really creative idea though. I would do this to my laptop if HOMEDEPOT would have sliding hinges.

Koolraap (author)2008-08-30

haha, very cool

firestormcomputers (author)2008-08-01

on eba they have to be cheaper i mean 80 bucks!

=SMART= (author)2008-06-12

HAHAH i love it !!! my freind has a macbook pro and the hinges broke too, i sent this to him lol i dont think heel do it though :D very steampunk'ish :D

tinker1 (author)2008-06-11

For what it's worth... I had a Toshiba A65 Laptop with both hinges broken. I was able to disassemble it and retrieve the broken hinges. Then I was able to braze them with a mapp torch and some brazing rod. Then a trip to the bench grinder to get rid of my bad brazing, was all I needed. The most difficult things I encountered was blocking the broken hinges together in a proper position for brazing. I also noticed that the lubricant used the hinge pin and barrel was completely dried out(which I think caused them to bind and eventually break in the first place). I carefully used a small metal drill rod to drive the pins out of the barrel, cleaned with wd40, and added a little fresh grease. Then re-pressed them back together in a a workbench vice. It's to bad I didn't take any pictures then.. They would have made a good Instructable. jj

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