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"Pickle Irons"

I am a proud owner of a 1955 F100 Ford Truck.  One summer afternoon, while driving my steering became very loose.  After giving the suspension a through once over the culprit was very evident.  I needed to replace the old, worn ball joint.  This being the first time undertaking such a project, I elicited the help of my father who is a mechanic.  He let me borrow a set of tools that would make the change a breeze.
What he gave me was called a pickle fork and a thor hammer.  As I looked at these tools it quickly reminded me of the classic set of irons I carry with me at the firehouse.  Then a eureka moment occurred.
"Could I force a door with these?"
Being the impatient soul that I am, I could not wait until the next forcible entry run to find this out. I immediately locked my front door, including the deadbolt, and gave it a shot.  (Now most of you may think I am a little off for forcing my own door, but aren't we all a bit nuts.)  In no time flat I was in, smooth as silk.  Needless to say, my father just lost this ball joint tools. 

I have used this set-up on multiple residential doors and it has yet to fail me.  These are compact enough for a single-person use and pack a serious punch.  The single limitation I have found with these tools is that it does not provide the leverage needed to efficiently defeat a commercial steel door set into a block wall.  Shy of that limitation, they have been a very useful addition to my tool ensemble. 

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