Updated: November 2017

Pry Bar Reviews:

If you are taking on a home improvement project that requires demolition work, consider getting yourself a quality pry bar. A prying bar can be used for leverage to pry boards from floor joists, remove nails, hammer out dry wall, take out old decking, you name it. To me, half the fun is tearing things up when you do a remodel. We recently updated our master bathroom and as a way to save a little money, I took on the job of tearing out the existing carpets, shower, tile, vanity, and anything else that was going to be replaced. When you go in to gut an old bathroom or tear out a mangy old deck, a pry bar (also called a crow bar) is a tool of choice for me. Their versatility is what set them apart. The key to a good pry bar is being able to get the necessary leverage to pull things aparts or move objects that otherwise wouldn't be possible. The classic scene on commercials about home security systems always shows a guy using a pry bar to break into a house whether he is breaking a window or prying open a window or door. We don't recommend that use for a pry bar, but you get the point.
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Choosing a Pry Bar - The question is which style of pry bar do you need. There is the basic Stanley 55-515 12-inch Wonderbar Pry Bar which works just fine when pulling nails, lifting or prying. Made with forged carbon steel it's not only durable but the added strength is amazing. The Duckbill Deck Wrecker is perfect for dismantling an old deck. The Deck Wrecker will pry boards from floor joists and you can do it from a standing position. You'll find lots of names for these tools - molding bar, breaker bar, wrecking bar, ripping bar, utility bar, and of course the ever popular crow bar. Pricing - The Stanley (mentioned above) sells for less than $10 and will certainly give you your moneys worth. The Stanley FatMax Xtreme 55-120 FuBar III is closer to $70 and it's a multi-purpose demolition tool that will come in handy on any job site. Look for pry bars with solid, easy to hold handles that make it simple for serious do-it-yourselfers, contractors, and professionals. I am expecting to replace my roof this summer and I plan on doing most of the demo work with a neighbor. I can save $1000's by removing the old shingles and roofing paper myself. The pry bar will make the job as easy as possible. Any type of wood or board that you need to get under and then rip off is the ideal situation for using a prying bar. REVIEWS - There are several sources for getting in depth reviews on pry bars. We found excellent feedback on Lowes.com, Homedepot.com, Craftsman.com, and of course our favorite Amazon.com. Amazon lists dozens of pry bar tools along with hundreds of owner comments and opinions. Find out which one will work best for your job or project. You can browse the best selling pry bars and crowbars online here.

Best Pry Bar:

RECOMMENDED - The top rated Stanley 55-515 12-inch Wonderbar Pry Bar at about $10. It's made with forged high-carbon steel and features nail slots at both ends and provides the strength required to remove old boards. Need to pry old sheetrock from your wall - this will work just fine. I used the Stanley during my bathroom demo and I was very happy with the results. Yes, it can be back breaking work, but these tools help immensely. I've seen neighbors use their pry bars to remove cedar siding on their house. As someone said online "it's perfect for basic demo". There are lots of other nail pullers and utility bars on the market that get great reviews - Amazon lists all the top brands and you can read owner feedback to make an informed buying decision. Lowe's and Home Depot are 2 other sources to buy pry bars. The in store salespeople tend to be very helpful with finding the right product for your specific needs.

Crowbar for Decks:

RECOMMENDED - Some jobs require specific tools to get them done right. When ripping out a deck, the Duckbill Deck Wrecker is the tool of choice for professionals and DIY homeowners. Removing an old deck can't get much simpler than with the Deck Wrecker. At $60 it's priced just right say many of the consumers who posted reviews online. Based on feedback I've got from contractors in our area, they say their laborers use the Duckbill all the time on deck jobs. Comments online include "truly wrecks a deck" and "deck wrecker = back saver". If you are willing to spend a bit extra, consider the $80 Mayhew Tools 41104 CatsPaw Deck Wrecker which has a unique design to ease board removal. Works on attic floor boards as well.