What would I need to be able to take the whole front strut assembly out and not have to reuse any parts for my new struts and springs?
It cannot escape from it's position until pressure is completely off, don't over analyze the situation. It's nothing like most people are making it out to be..I just watched the video and while it looks pretty easy to do, I wouldn't do it that way. If that spring lets loose while you lower the jack it could kill you, really. I took my struts out and drove them to the garage I normally use and he popped them off and put the new ones on for free.