Sure, it’s just a piece of steel, bent a certain way, with holes in just the right places. But a good prybar saves time (and the claw of your hammer) on any demolition job, and it should be a staple for any do-it-yourselfer.
Taking out drywall, ripping out old cupboards, tearing up carpet tack strips – if you have any of these in your future, it’s well worth the few dollars to pick one up. Like any basic tool, your hardware store of choice will have many to pick from. Over time, you’ll probably accumulate a selection of them – a full-size crowbar, a footlong prybar with nail pullers like the one shown here, and maybe even a smaller one for tight quarters. They all operate pretty much the same way – insert, pull until something breaks, repeat. Complicated, they are not – but there’s no denying prybars make ripping stuff apart even more fun.
text and photos by Steve MacDonald