This guy did a pretty fair job for never having done it before. ^^ link ^^
1) Pickle forks destroys boots. Don't rent them, don't use them unless you intend to replace the ball joints/control arm/tie-rods etc.
2) A big hammer goes a long ways if you can hit what your aiming at. Those joints are all tapered studs into a cast steel. Hitting the exterior of the casting on its edge will distort the housing for a fraction of second and let the stud(s) drop out. Very quick, very easy, very effective. You must deliver a quick accurate blow at high speed using a hammer with a enough mass to get the job done. A sledge is often too heavy and household claw hammer will not do ANYTHING. Don't waste your time. So something between 30 and 40 oz is best. Strike the area having the most exposed curve. Do three swings to practice alignment and MAKE CERTAIN YOUR FINGERS WILL NOT BE SMASHED! Then 2 for the money or until the joint pops.
If you can't swing a hammer accurately, rent a puller. Nothing personal, it takes practice....
Do NOT leave anything loose. And when tightening up tapered studs, DO NOT loosen the nuts to get the pins in. Turn it ahead.