Michael Taylor has been regrouting ceramic tile surfaces from Los Angeles to the Bay Area for 19 years. And for most of that time he’s been looking for a better tool to help him do it.

This week the Orcutt resident will unveil his new Regrout Tool at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. It’s a specialized hand-held “miniature jackhammer” he developed after burning through an endless number of engraving tools and bits over the past two decades.

“I had the idea in 1994,” Taylor said, adding he began removing grout from everything from kitchen countertops to antique mosaic artwork with hand engravers because nothing else would work. “The reason I wanted my own tool is this tool (a hand engraver) could only run about 45 minutes. It was underpowered, too.”

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