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.
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.