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Custom Building Products SimpleSet White 1 Gal. Pre-Mixed Thin-Set Mortar
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SimpleSet White 1 Gal. Pre-Mixed Thin-Set Mortar

  • Ready to use, no mixing, no mess
  • Just spread and set
  • Alternative to traditional thin-set mortars
$21.97 /each

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SimpleSet is a No-mix, no-mess alternative to traditional thin-set mortars. It spreads quickly and easily. Recommended to bond porcelain, marble, granite, stone, ceramic, mosaic and quarry tile up to 8 in. x 8 in. for interior use only. Can be used with tile up to 18 in. x 18 in., but dry time significantly increases. Dry time will be extended if using larger tiles, bonding to non-porous surface, in high humidity, or if temperature is below 60 Degree F. Do not apply excess adhesive when installing.

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  • Ideal for smaller format tile and stone installations
  • Spreads quickly and easily with minimal mess
  • Standard dry time for 8 in. x 8 in. tile is 24-72 hours before applying grout
  • Premixed and ready to use
  • For interior wall and floor installations
  • Color: white

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Can i use this stuff to install my mosaic kitchen backsplash.

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June 2, 2016
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as always, read instructions on label. And ask your Home Depot tile person if this product will work on the "mosaic" tile that you choose. Size ,color and shape can make a difference in the mortar you use.
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May 30, 2016
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Yes, this would be perfectly fine for that application. But if I were you, I would look into using AcrylPro instead.
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May 29, 2016
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I used it for the tile in my shower. Worked great. Nice consistency to work with. It should work as well with your back splash. I always recommend using spacers no matter how small the job.
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Yes you can, unless the mosaic tile is made of glass. That may require a special mortar.
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Is it good to use this to tape cement board

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Port Richey, FL, USA
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April 27, 2016
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This is what I used for smoothing a previous (sloppy) job. For the taped section, I moistened it very slightly and it worked fine. I only wish I had a "before" pix. Dries well, little to no cracking on thick spots.
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First of all, congrats on actually taping cement board underlayment -- too many installers who should know better don't. I don't use this to tape CBU. This is a mastic compound with sand in it. I use modified thinset to fill and tape gaps in cement board. I also never use this mastic compound when installing any tile on CBU, anywhere. This sticks dry wall tile real nice to dry drywall. That's the limit Read More
First of all, congrats on actually taping cement board underlayment -- too many installers who should know better don't. I don't use this to tape CBU. This is a mastic compound with sand in it. I use modified thinset to fill and tape gaps in cement board. I also never use this mastic compound when installing any tile on CBU, anywhere. This sticks dry wall tile real nice to dry drywall. That's the limit of its utility for me. Read Less
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April 27, 2016
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SimpleSet Pre-Mixed Thin-Set Mortar is not recommended for taping joints on cement board. Typically, most manufacturers recommend the use of a Polymer-Modified Mortar. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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April 27, 2016
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Yes, it worked well
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How long before you can walk on it?

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I realize it typically takes 24-72 hrs to dry and prior to grouting, but does that time frame still hold true for light traffic or walking on it?
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I've been using this stuff for about seven years now and I've never walked on it. I don't think I ever will.
If I were you, I would abandon the idea of using it for a floor and use real cement-based thinset, the stuff that has to be mixed out of a bag. I realize this is an inconvenience but the nature of this product as a mastic means it will never fully dry behind impervious tile and never reach the Read More
I've been using this stuff for about seven years now and I've never walked on it. I don't think I ever will.
If I were you, I would abandon the idea of using it for a floor and use real cement-based thinset, the stuff that has to be mixed out of a bag. I realize this is an inconvenience but the nature of this product as a mastic means it will never fully dry behind impervious tile and never reach the compressive strength of real thinset. It's never been worth the risk for me to use this on a floor. Even as a DIYer, I would instead chose Custom's Versabond for most floor tile applications.
But, I'm not in your shoes, and the deed may already be done. I think you should probably wait at least 24 hours before taking a step on it, even if you live in an extremely dry area. The reason is, once again, the nature of the product. Most of it simply won't be exposed to the air when installed, and the areas that have very limited access to air will cure very, very slowly. How slowly? I've closed up a 3.5 gallon bucket of this and used it again eighteen months later. Read Less
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A minimum 24-72 hours dry time is recommended prior to any surface traffic. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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Can I use this product to install glass wall tile over ceramic tile around top off tub surround ?

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You can probably get away with it. But still, this is the sort of thing experienced tilesetters would always use real cement-based mortar for. This is a convenience product and it has its uses. Custom is a great company, and I use their products all the time, but I would be hesitant about testing this product's limits.
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You can probably get away with it. But still, this is the sort of thing experienced tilesetters would always use real cement-based mortar for. This is a convenience product and it has its uses. Custom is a great company, and I use their products all the time, but I would be hesitant about testing this product's limits.
You'll find that everybody who's done tile for a while has some spectacular stories about mastic products like this one failing hideously in less-than-optimal conditions. Read Less
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February 8, 2016
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We do not recommend to install glass wall tile over ceramic tile with SimpleSet Pre-Mixed Mortar. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 109 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worked for me People seem to love or hate this stuff. All I can say is that I am a novice who tiled my floor 24 hours ago, and it looks great and seems solid. I will give it more dry time because of the horror stories here. It didn't stick easily to concrete, which alarmed me at first. I picked up a small V-shaped trowel in the drywall section (don't know what it's called) and would recommend to other novices to use that to mash it down and spread it around, because the big trowel makes it curl up. (Then comb it once the area is covered.) It confused me that the tile company recommended 3/16" grout lines (I bought a 3/16" trowel) but the Simpleset tub recommended a larger trowel. I would have run this dilemma by the helpful tile staff at HD El Cerrito, but didn't notice it until after I was done. August 7, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Horrible. Don't waste your money. Not at all suitable for a backsplash. It is too dry and therefore does not stick to the wall. I ended up with more on the floor than on the wall. I eventually gave up and yanked the tiles I had set off the wall. I'm going to try some of that adhesive tape stuff and see if it's any better. Will for sure be less mess. That's a bunch of money, time, and materials down the drain. October 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Don't buy this stuff Watch this video before you do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4i-hh_tD5U I just wasted a day and a lot of money messing with this stuff. Ended up having to pull all the tile off of a bathroom install. One of the tiles fell damaging the tub, now I have to fix that. Spent the better part of a day trying to lay 12x24" marble tiles. The ads and pictures give you the impression that you can work it with a trowel just like thin set that you mix. You cannot. It is like sticking wet sand to the wall. As soon as you try to drag a notched trowel through it 1/3 falls off the wall in to the tub. Then you try to replace that third and another third falls off. After laying down 3 courses I was so frustrated I quit and went to dinner. We decided to pull everything down and start over with real thin set. When we pulled the tiles down you could see that about 1/2 did not have any of this stuff stuck to anywhere but the corners. Fortunately it just scrapes right off so I should be able to use the tiles again. I would really like to have my money back. September 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Still not set 96 hours after installing Installed slate floor tiles on a bathroom floor on Wednesday, it's now Sunday and I can feel the tiles moving, squishing around underneath. Now after doing research, i'm finding that this is actually mastic with sand added, IT'S NOT MORTAR, does not fully dry, and is not appropriate for flooring, and is not water proof. Does home depot offer refunds that will cover the slate tiles and cost of this tub of gooey trash? I can't believe this is even on store shelves July 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It held beautifully and there's easily saved leftovers, no mixing mess, and no clean-up. Do it yourself and no expensive contractors. Love it! MUCH easier than the dry mix, no messy clean up of containers and stirring things. It applies perfectly and made my tile job a success. I was so nervous as I had heavy porcelain and Marble, but it worked perfectly. And I didn't have to use it all at once like the mix. I simply closed the lid and when I was ready to get back to tiling, it was ready. Loved It! July 9, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Absolutely WORST product I've used After 96 hrs still not dry. Started with level floor and perfect dry fit. Now have popping corners. Product coverage not correct and after 2 buckets of the junk had to finish job with the cheap stuff. Tiles set with the cheap stuff turned out perfect. Trashed $200 in tiles. July 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by very disappointed! this was recommended to me by an "experienced" home depot employee. seemed like a good product to use for my 1st time backsplash install. wrong! it wouldn't stay on the drywall. would not go on smoothly either. what i did get to stay on the wall wasn't holding up the tiles so i put some on the back of the tile and finallly got some to stick. let it stay there for about a week then decided it didn't look good, it looked lumpy and uneven. it hardened on the tiles but was still soft behind on the wall. decided to remove them & start over since the tiles looked so awful and that was a huge mistake. ripped new holes in the drywall & had to repair it again. all the tiles were ruined & had to buy some new stuff. talked with an employee at a different store & they advised against this using this product. so now, i will try again with another product that isn't premixed. June 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bad batch Both one gallon buckets of premixed Thinset were not useable when the buckets were opened as they had dried out in the bucket. Returned to the store for a refund June 28, 2016
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