Fixing a Powerbook G4 hinge
If you notice where the break was, it's in pretty much the worst place possible. An important part of the repair is loosening the tension on the hinge because it's pretty much impossible to repair this well enough to withstand the original forces. By loosening the hinge our repair only has to hold the screen in the right place and doesn't have to deal with all that torque, so it will last a lot longer. The other hinge supplies enough force to keep the display from flopping around.
To try and give the hinge a fighting chance I bent a small piece of metal around the joint. This wraps the joint in a sort of splint and gives the epoxy a lot more to hold on to. This is also a very important piece, it would be worthless without it. The best glue for this job is probably J-B Weld, a two part epoxy designed to join metal together. I didn't have any of that available so I used some gas tank repair epoxy instead. It's pretty similar to J-B Weld except that it is designed to fix gas tank leaks.
Here it is after mixing the epoxy and squishing everything together. It seems fairly rigid but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to test it. If this doesn't work I'll get some actual J-B Weld and try the same thing using that. If the J-B Weld doesn't work then I'm pretty much screwed unless I happen to find the best welder in the world and he wants to do me a favor because that's the only other option I can think of to try and fix this hinge.
So much for quality Apple hardware.
Update: Well I didn't even get to see how well the repair would stand up, I managed to break the hinge into three pieces before I could get it into the laptop. Turns out there is a channel in the hinge that is there to allow room for the power wires on the display. The little sleeve I made covered over part of that groove so I was trying to cut a little piece of it out. My hand slipped and busted the top of the hinge right on the hole that attaches it to the display. Good news is that it broke in a different spot so at least the repair was somewhat successful. Bad news is we'll have to come up with another use for the laptop without the screen.