The instructions were to walk the dog and degauss the monitor. Uh oh.
Submitter dasnoboarder says that even electrical tape, solder, and builder's pencils have a place in the world of computers.
Connection problems causing your monitor to die at random? Rip the cover off, of course! Nobody cares about looks.
"The hinge broke and, well, gotta fix it somehow." That fails to explain the nasty smeared all over it.