Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 37
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rinny Not as good a product as Quikrete
My local Home Depot was out of the Quikrete Mortar and I took the sales associate word that the Rapid set was comparable and I would not notice any difference and it was a bit cheaper. I gave it try and would not recommend it if you are already working with the Quikrete mortar. Rapidset did set as quickly but it much grainier that the Quikrete mortar and not easily to work with if repair stone block. I had more waste on the ground and ended up giving up to return it to another store that had the Quikrete in stock. However, if you are repairing a stonewall this might be a better product to use than the Quikrete because of its coarseness.
July 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by msd Strong mortar mix, creates a touch repair or contact connection
Ok - how to review a bag of mortar. I decided to use this to repair a concrete septic tank cover plate. This is advertised as strong and quick setting, so lets see how it worked. I had a septic tank cover plate which had about 1/3 its sides broken off, so it either needed to be replaced or repaired. I decided to repair it using this mortar mix. I first make a small form around the broken area (after cleaning it out), and then brought over a mixing bucket. I used about 15 lbs of the 55 lb bag to make this repair and mixed it to a pack-able paste consistency. I then put it into the form I created on the broken off area, and worked it until I was satisfied that it was ready to leave. The outside temperature was about 80 degrees and slightly rainy, but I was not worried about any downpours so I went ahead. After I packed it in the form, and cleaned the tools, I left it for about 30 minutes. I came back to check it and it had already started to harden. Yes it is pretty fast setting. The next morning it was solid as a rock. I used a shovel to pick up the cover, and see if it was also strong, and after gently dropping it onto the tank, I was very satisfy that it was also strong. It seems to live up to its advertisements, and uses. I recommend this product...
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AcePeters It is unlike any other brand. It's Fast & Super Hard setting results can be an advantage.
Concrete has small rocks + mortar dust (setting posts). Cement has finer pebbles + mortar dust (street work). Mortar consists of mostly fine dust (for filling in between bricks or setting patio slide doors into stucco for example). Rapid Set makes ALL 3 types, which harden Very Fast. The same learning curve is on all 3. But, I've used each in different situations & loved how great it's outcome was each time.
This Mortar from my experience has about a 20-35 minutes work time. Home Depot sells an additive package, which gives you an additional 20-30 minutes. As a result, projects are finished much faster than by using other brands. Rapid Set also cures at a Super High PSI rating, which makes my projects last many more years durability-wise (vs. less strong mortar becoming brittle & breaking up over time).
I've used this for small to medium projects (jobs that took 1/2 to 2 bags). I've found that making it in batches & using the additive works good. If I had to use a lot more bags, maybe some users might have a point (not sure). I like the long term extra durability this stuff gives... it's so strong you can make little ramps from floors to doorways that would ordinarily crack in short time with older brand stuff.
June 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rosif3r first time working with mortar - not a bad experience
Before I go into my experience with this product, I’m going to suggest that if you haven’t worked with something like this before (as was my case) you go watch a video like the one I’m going to link to, just so you have an idea of what the consistency of the mortar mix should look like for your desired application. There’s lots of links out there, but the one I found (and reference below) was done by a representative of RapidSet:
So, as you can see from the pictures, I had a couple of holes in my basement: a small one at the juncture of 2 walls and the floor, and another where the wall, floor, and stairs meet. You can’t tell from the pics, but the larger hole also extended a little under the bottom stair.
The mortar mix was pretty easy to work with. Obviously i used goggles and a face mask, to avoid getting the dust in eyes or mouth. And the drill mixer was key, especially as the mix got thicker. I initially started to try and measure based on the water:mix formula on the bag, but realized that the consistency was more important, so i just added more mix until it looked and felt right (going by what the video showed). And working with the mixed product was no chore. I double-gloved with nitrile gloves, hand scooped it into the holes and packed it in, then smoothed it with a small trowel. Since it’s a basement that doesn’t look so spiffy otherwise, i wasn’t too worried about a finished look, hence the slightly rough look in the “finished” picture”. Also, the after pic was taken about 24 hours after the “after” picture. I know there’s some part of that that looks still damp, but its not. The whole thing is rock hard and dry.
Also, the Installation Guide and Specification docs that are available on the product overview tab for this product are much easier to read over than trying to read the back of a 55# bag of mortar :-) If you’re someone like me that is not intimately familiar working with this stuff, a thorough read of the spec sheet was key.
So, yeah, all in all a good experience.
October 28, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DJ Hardens so fast it is useless for all but smallest project
This product sets faster than 15 minutes. The bag sayssets in an hour. Once mixed, you have at most 7 minutes to work the mortar, at most. Ruined my cement mixer after being in it and hardening while mixing for less than 15 minutes. Set way too fast to use for a shower mortar base even though it says that is one of the uses stated on the bag. I will certainly never buy this product again.
May 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mikkel1955 mixes well.
I used this motor for 3 different tasks on one project. In each case, it was easy to get the desired consistency.
The first was to grout under a threshold for the outside door to the basement. The floor under the door is poured concrete, so this worked out well. It compensated for the slop of the floor nicely. I also does a nice job of keeping water out.
The second task was to reset some bricks that had come loose during the project. The mortar easily mixed to a firm consistency, allowing easy adjusting of the bricks to match the adjacent bricks. It is doing a nice job of holding the bricks in place.
The third task was the hardest. I had to tuck point some of the bricks in the stairway leading up to the door. Here the consistency of the mix was critical to getting a good bead of concrete into the joint, and having it stay put as it set. The mix did a good job of adhering to the bricks, while still flowing nicely from the grout bag.
All in all, I am happy with the results I was able to achieve, especially as I don't have a lot of experience working with mortar, as compared to poured concrete.
April 11, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by constructador FAST setting. I mean FAST
I would recommend this product ONLY if you can work a bag in about 15 minutes. I mixed a bag and worked it as quickly as I could. I had to complete the first layer of my shower pan within 15 minutes because after that the mortar was SET and unworkable. I wouldn't use this unless you were just in some kind of a hurry. Sets too fast to make a nice finish...unless you are Speedy Gonzales.
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by farmgirl95602 Smooth, Easy to Work With, Dries Fast
This mortar is smooth, easy to work with and dries fast.
I needed to re-mortar the lion to the pillar. The moss/mold had eaten away at the mortar (30+years) and the lion stayed there because of sheer weight. Any one who gave it a shove could have made Humpty Dumpty out of him.
He is now secure on his pillar hopefully for another 30+ years.
May 31, 2015