I used a pry bar (20 lb version -> good leverage), but I wrapped the
forked end (for pulling big nails/spikes) with electrical tape so I
wouldn't give Auntie Rust another place to start. Don't forget to eat
a can of spinach first...it's a b*&^h of a job. Just watch you don't
let the end of the tension rod "catch" one of the notches while you're
prying, or it'll bend and that's all she wrote.