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So today I was gutting a small house and snapped a tooth off of my oldest flat bar. It flew inches from my cheek bone. I've never had one break like that before.

So Now I'm thinking I need to replace all of them before I loose an eye.

Any suggestions?
 

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I once snapped a Stanley wonderbar. I can't recall what I was working on, but I didn't have a bigger bar on hand.

I've lost two Stanley's.
First one broke the entire end off the 90deg end.
Second broke one tooth off the 90 end,

From what I remember they both broke in cold weather.
 

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To be honest I'm not even sure what brand it is. All of the paint is basically gone. its whatever off brand my lumberyard used to sell... I figure its similar to a 14" wonder bar.

Today it was around 45° here. So I don't think it was the cold weather... probably just old and weak?
 

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For trim work, can't beat the $7 Richards flat pry/scraper, grabs 18g nails perfectly in the notch. For medium suty I like the estwing I beam bar, strong and ligth for a decent price. Heavy duty I go to my 36" gränsfors renovator bar, super strong, not to heavy, nice tapered ends to get between materials easily
 

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Cant go wrong with estwing for regular flat bar. I mostly just use a crate hammer anymore. Get a 9in Bridgeport crate hammer off eBay .your love it.
 

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Buckeye Don said:
The Hyde pry bar. Sometimes you will find them in the paint dept. also.
This is the number one tool in my pouch for trim. Lost without it.
http://t.homedepot.com/p/Hyde-9-1-2-in-Pry-Bar-Scraper-45600/100123416
This is the one to get. I got one from my grandfathers tools. It is also used for scraping honey off of the hive(he was a bee keeper).

It is now one of my top five tools (utility knife, tape measure, pencil, prybar) okay I forgot the hammer. So make it one of my top six tools.

The best!
 

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So today I was gutting a small house and snapped a tooth off of my oldest flat bar. It flew inches from my cheek bone. I've never had one break like that before.

So Now I'm thinking I need to replace all of them before I loose an eye.

Any suggestions?
While you are replacing those flat bars, get a pair of safety glasses and you won't have to worry about losing an eye! Just sayin.
 

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This is what I use. I have a few cus they are inexpensive ... like 7 bucks or something. Sharpen the chisel end and they really hold an edge!! Richard is the brand name and I have never even bent one let along break it!!!

 

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I like the Vaughan one the best, lost ,but never broke one yet. The angle and shape of the end seen to work good too.
 

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The Hyde pry bar. Sometimes you will find them in the paint dept. also.
This is the number one tool in my pouch for trim. Lost without it.
http://t.homedepot.com/p/Hyde-9-1-2-in-Pry-Bar-Scraper-45600/100123416
Those are awesome. Not much for prying, but for scraping and trim, they are really good.

I like the Vaughn trim bar a bit more because I get a lot of leverage. I use it for even heavy demo as I prefer a bit of finesse instead of full blast breakage. It also fits in my bags, so I always have it with me.
 
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