Regardless of what other demo tools you own, you definitely need a big-ass metal bar. The Guster Demo-Bar Series II looks like a good candidate: it takes the place of a demo hammer, pry bar, scraper, and nail puller, allowing you to quickly swap from task to task — causing controlled havoc and mayhem — without stopping to grab another tool.
It’s a four-foot all steel bar that weighs just under 10 pounds. The chisel-edged forks on the end slip under flooring, roofing shingles, and siding, while the angled lifter plate lifts ’em up for quick removal. The forked head looks perfect for twisting out rafters, studs, and joists.
It features two built-in sets of nail pullers, too: one multi-nail set between the forks is raised to take out nails that pulled through lumber while two more are at the back of the head’s bars grab nail heads that are still set flush. The handle is covered a textured foam to improve grip, reduce vibration, and (most importantly) keep you from getting nasty blisters.
The best news, though, is that you can score one of these bringers of architectural pain for about $80.