What's your suggested technique for reliably removing Arduino Due and Mega shields while minimizing the chance of bending the strip header pins?

For example, there's a similar discussion here where the asker ended up building a jig to keep everything parallel, but the main PCB was screwed down into the jig (a disadvantage). There is a heap of PCB Pullers/Extractors on the web, but they all seem to relate to edge connected cards.

I'm hoping for multiple answers / techniques. Interested to hear how you do it, or for you to upvote an answer you like. Maybe everybody is just doing the best they can with finger wriggling and manual pin straightening?

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    I use the handle of one of the toothbrushes I use to clean PCBs. Anything long, solid, and above all non-metallic, makes a good lever.
    – Majenko
    Jan 23 '21 at 11:55
  • A non-conductive pair of reverse pliers might be useful, but I'm not sure they exist. expandingpliers.com
    – RowanP
    Jan 23 '21 at 12:10
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    slowly. one corner a little, second corner a little, ... and repeat
    – Juraj
    Jan 23 '21 at 12:20
  • Thanks @Juraj, yes I suspect that's the most common approach and certainly what I have been doing, but I always seem to need to straighten pins afterwards.
    – RowanP
    Jan 23 '21 at 12:30

You could modify a couple of wooden clothes pegs to act as reverse pliers.

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@Majenko's comment suggesting using a toothbrush handle as a lever reminded me of auto trim levers. I remembered I had some, and have done some quick testing. They give a little more strength I would say, but not much (if any) more control than using fingers.

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