Boards, planks, and wood strapping are absolutely everywhere in home wood reclamation and demolition projects. Nails or screws might do a great job at holding these boards together, but they can make it a real pain when the time comes to pull them apart.
In the past, dismantling wood structures was labor-intensive, slow, and even dangerous. Stripping boards could result in:
- Back pain
- Pulled muscles
- Injuries from rusted nails
- Tetanus infections, and more
Homeowners and DIY superstars have been asking for a tool to speed up the deck board removal process while also making it both easier and safer. Well, that tool is finally here. The Wrecking Claw was designed to be a versatile monster for popping off and replacing old wood planks. It packs all of the efficiency, power, and safety you need into a durable all-steel wrecking bar.
Keep reading to learn how The Wrecking Claw has changed the demolition game, and how you can take advantage of it for yourself.
Table of Contents:
- Remove Decking Boards
- Breaking Down Pallets and Skids
- Dock Disassembly
- Wood Strapping Removal
- Roof Replacement Projects
- Lifting Floor or Subfloor Planks
- Stripping Pickets Off a Stockade Fence
- Prying Rusty Nails from the Old Treehouse
Same Old Job, Great New Tricks
The Old Way
Once upon a time, homeowners had to rely on crowbars that could do the job of deck board removal but weren’t really invented with this purpose in mind. Desperate workers might have resorted to:
- Small Prying Tools (like screwdrivers, chisels, and 12-inch pry bars), which didn’t give you any leverage and were difficult to pry with. Tiny tools could be uncomfortable or awkward to use. Worse, you often had to get down on your hands and knees to get the job done.
- The Crowbar and Hammer Method, which required multiple tools for each person (making it twice as hard to team up with family and friends), and left more room for errors and impact injuries due to muscle fatigue.
- Sledgehammers and Wedged Mauls, which could knock out pickets and boards, but were also heavy, dangerous, and often damaged the materials you struck with them. They also had limited usefulness—they’d only work if you had sufficient space to swing or pull upwards.
The Wrecking Claw Way
Today, we have the Wrecking Claw. A pry bar designed by a contractor to remove boards using the leverage of the floor joist, the convenience of a long-handled tool, along with the effectiveness of a double crowbar head. The Wrecking Claw slides on top of the floor joist and positions the “Y” styled head on each side of the joist and under the deck board to pry it up evenly.
The tool has been crafted with:
- Forged steel claws, for maximum strength and durability
- A rolled steel handle, to withstand the abuse of demolition
- A patented dual claw head, designed to fit over single and double joists
- 2 beveled catspaw nail slots, for removing nails and screws
- A 45-inch-long handle, so you can work from a standing position, increasing work speed
- An oblong, solid steel rocker, which creates maximum leverage when prying up boards
- Superior corrosion resistance, due to its powder-coated finish
- All-weather, non-slip grip, which keeps the tool in your hands
Become an Army of One
Deck demolition projects can be a big deal. Hundreds of boards, thousands of fasteners and the list goes on. Many homeowners would kick off a huge deck project by asking as many friends as possible to pitch in and help while buying all the tools for them to use.
Fortunately, a single Wrecking Claw replaces an army of helpers. Blast through demolition with this game-changing deck board removal tool which gets the work done as fast as half a dozen friends. Your family will be amazed at how quickly and easily you finish the demolition and move on to installation.
As a one-person wrecking crew, you’ll be able to:
- Work smarter, not harder
- Step from board to board, popping them up with ease
- Take out fasteners with the same tool—no switching necessary
- Use the leverage of the long handle on the joist for easy power
- Do it all without getting up and down over and over again
- Save time, move efficiently, and save your energy for installation
No Pain, All Gain
Save your back, hands, and fingers from the aches and pains of removing decking the old fashioned way. The Wrecking Claw slides smoothly along the floor joist and pries up boards without breaking them into small pieces.
Since you can pry boards and pull nails from a standing position, the Wrecking Claw completely eliminates the need to get down on all fours with inefficient, frustrating prying tools. No stooping, no bending down, no small tools. If you can remember a project where you had to painstakingly power through with a crowbar and a claw hammer, you’ll be happy to say goodbye to back pain and sore knees.
Dodge Deck Damage
With the patented rocker design your existing joists will not be damaged. The smooth metal rocker lies flat on the joist and rolls evenly back and forth without pinching or gouging. Nobody wants to replace a whole joist due to damage from prying tools—get the job done quicker and save time and money by avoiding further repairs.
The Wrecking Claw is also designed to minimize damage to your existing decking or flooring material so that you can reuse or reclaim the removed boards for whatever woodworking project you’ve got cooking next. The tool design positions the catspaws on each side of the joist so the prying pressure is distributed evenly. Greatly increasing the chance you’ll remove the board in one piece.
Prevent DIY Disasters
Unspotted loose nails and screws can make a worksite into a minefield.
In these situations, an all-in-one, long-handled tool is a godsend for preventing injuries. Your higher vantage point makes it easier to survey for overlooked fasteners, but it also means:
- No kneeling on top of damaged boards with protruding nails or screws
- Lower risk of being struck by demolition debris (boards, splinters, fasteners, slipped tools)
- No need for a hammer (which prevents impact injuries from human error)
- More leverage to reduce the danger of muscle or joint injuries
8 Projects to Conquer
The Wrecking Claw is not only for deck board removal—its a versatile tool that removes boards in the best possible condition on all kinds of wood projects, such as:
- Wood reclamation projects (for salvaging old materials to reuse elsewhere)
- Dismantling and disassembly (for moving, alterations, replacing, or maintenance)
- Demolition (break down unusable, broken, or unsightly structures safely and easily)
- Fastener removal (if the old nails are rusted or the screws are stripped and stuck)
Here are 8 ideas for making the most of your Wrecking Claw across the gamut of home projects:
1. Remove Decking Boards
All that rain coming off the back porch roof finally rotted out some spots on the old deck. After shoring up your drainage with a new gutter, you can set out to replace the damaged areas with fresh boards.
Pry the rotted planks off of single and double joists easily, then remove the fasteners that pulled right through the old, softened wood. Your deck will be good as new in no time and ready for a cookout to celebrate.
2. Breaking Down Old Pallets and Skids
Perhaps you picked up a ton of pallets for free from a garden store or landscape shop, with designs of building an Adirondack-style lawn chair from recycled wood. You get them home, only to discover pallet wood is dry and brittle and they actually nailed these things together pretty thoroughly.
The Wrecking Claw is the perfect pallet crowbar. It can rapidly disassemble a whole series of pallets or skids to reclaim piles of perfectly good wood that will give your chair the raw and rustic feel you’re looking for. You’ll also make quick work of all those nails so that your salvaged wood is safe and smooth.
3. Dock Disassembly
Converting over to a new, all-metal dock? Stay dry and steady on your feet over the water as you pry apart the old wooden dock boards in a standing position. Slide your Wrecking Claw along the dock’s joists easily from end to end to make quick work of the deconstruction.
Docks are also made with quality pressure-treated boards—why waste them? You’ll easily remove 5/4 decking as well as 2x boards and the fasteners. Pop those uniformly-sized boards off without any damage so that you can save them in the shed or garage for a future project.
4. Wood Strapping Removal
You’ve revealed a lot of old fashioned wood strapping in the walls during that renovation project in the upstairs bedrooms and attic. It’s good wood, though, and might make a nice vintage furniture project when you’re done blowing out or moving these walls.
Strip all that wood strapping from exposed walls joists or ceiling trusses in a snap, but without snapping the thin and delicate wood you want to save for later. The Wrecking Claw can turn this demolition project into a reclamation project—and will still take less time than it would with hammers or utility bars.
5. Roof Replacement Projects
Only after the old shingles were stripped did you finally discover the serious wear and tear on the roof deck—it’s got to be replaced. Strip the tongue and groove boards quickly and easily with your Wrecking Claw as you walk it up to the joists on the roof.
The long handle helps you to remain steady on an awkward inclined surface and minimize the risk of slipping or falling. The soles of your high traction footwear will give much more reliable grip on a slope than the butt of your jeans.
6. Lifting Floor or Subfloor Planks
The Wrecking Claw works just as well on an interior project—like renovating your classic, early wide-plank hardwood floor (or an underlying plank subfloor)—as it does on deck board removal projects outside. Hardwood is heavy, too. Fortunately, you can get the job done from a standing position.
Make quick work of a large surface area with the rocking action as you move down the board on each floor joist. Lift the planks one at a time with a tool that will keep valuable hardwood or historical material in excellent shape. Sharp hand tools with poor leverage wouldn’t be nearly as kind.
7. Stripping Pickets Off a Fence
Whether you don’t need the fence anymore (did the kids move out with the dog?), or you’re just replacing a weathered section, the Wrecking Claw is a lifesaver on your fence stripping project. Lose the hammer and the crowbar. You also won’t need to swing a sledgehammer, which makes a dangerous impact while knocking off pickets and could:
- Break the pickets
- Dislodge fence posts
- Cause accidental injuries
8. Prying Rusty Nails from the Old Treehouse
That treehouse has given the family years of fun on summer campouts, but an outdoor wooden structure needs regular maintenance as time wears it down. Many seasons of precipitation can loosen or rust old nails until they become a danger to the kids (or grandkids).
(Source: Popular Mechanics)
With the Wrecking Claw, you can get up there and pluck all the failing nails jutting out from weathered boards and replace them. Take care of the whole floor in one go, without bending over, so little feet are safe from rusted or sharp fasteners.
Where Can I Get One?
If you are hoping to streamline your demolition, wood reclamation, or deck board removal project, look no further. The best way to remove deck boards is also the fastest and safest way. With the revolutionary Wrecking Claw in your hands, you’ll be an army of one. Order your own from a trusted supplier today.