SO AFTER I POSTED ON EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS, it occurred to me that the basement room where we shelter during tornado warnings, though quite safe, would be hard to get out of if the house were wrecked above us. So after a little research, I went with the Stanley FatMax Xtreme 55-120 FuBar III. It’s a very stout crowbar/wrecking bar/beakhead/sledge hammer. Pretty much its only drawback is that it’s kind of heavy. I don’t mind it — though at the end of a day doing demo work I probably would — but for digging out of a mess it seems pretty good. I’ve bent crowbars before, but I don’t think that could happen with this one.