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  • no slip or sag are the biggest benefits
  • April 28, 2013
  • Recommended Product

This product is used by mainly professionals that don't want there tiles to sag on the wall regardless of using spacers, some tile like tumbled marble are almost impossible to use spacers, and simplifies the installation of floor tile for a more flush install. It will set up fast on backer boards so you won't have time to readjust tile set 20-30 min earlier. Some won't like it for that reason. Once you learn how to work with it, it is a good product, it has a specific purpose. Mix up small batches until you get used to it. Over 25yrs exp.

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Shane

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By: Shane
  • Great holding power for large wall tiles
  • May 26, 2015
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Just redid out bathtub/shower with some large 1' x 2' ceramic tiles and used this medium thinset to fix them to the walls. Despite the weight of the tiles they stayed put when we fixed them to the walls. Just put them onto the mortar, slid them back and forth and up and down to bed into the cement and added tile spacers. I prefer the powdered thinset to the pre-mixed stuff you can buy as you have more control over the consistency of the mix. I mix up the amount I need in an old plastic sink bowl using a paint stirring stick and it works fine for me. We found that this was still workable 45+ minutes after mixing it and you can add a little more water if you need to loosen it up a little. Clean up with water afterwards although we dump the dirty water into an old 5 gallon Home Depot paint bucket instead of down our drain as this has sand in it. Since we'd already used CBP's Wonderboard and Redgard on the shower/tub walls we decided to stick with their brand of tile adhesive for the consumer warranty they offer if you use all their products together on a tiling job.

Pros Very Adhesive, Great Instructions, Easy to Clean, Effective

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LosRubios

Agua Dulce, CA
45 to 54, Male
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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By: LosRubios
  • Ok
  • March 18, 2016
  • Recommended Product

I used this product to install large, 24" plank, porcelain tiles. I needed a medium bed mortar due to the length of the tiles. The directions were easy to follow and well written. The appearance and feel felt similar to thinset. I learned the hard way that they mortar dries very quickly once you trowel it. I have had to go back and remove 30+ tiles and re-do them because about 1/3 of the plank tiles would not adhere. The reason is I would work too slowly--I would trowel down several feet, lay some tiles, maybe measure and cut a tile and come back to lay that last one. You can't do that. By the time you cut a tile, the troweled mud was too dry. You should scrape it away and start over and/or butter the tile. So you must work very quickly and buttering the tiles is recommended to achieve 80% coverage. It's not a bad product, it's just that you have minimal working time to lay them. Additionally, I really wanted a gray mortar, but the home depot clerk told me the large format is only sold in white. Now I look online and see that it is available in gray. I didn't need a natural stone product, just a large format. So I've been having to wash and scrub each tile on my hands and knees to remove the excess white mortar that squishes up the grout joints. I should have done my research online first and not listened to the clerk. As for the repaired tiles, we layed them quickly and buttered the backs and they seem to be holding up well.

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Builder

25 to 34, Female
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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By: Builder
  • HD employee recommended this for hanging large format natural stone on a vertical surface. I've ...
  • July 17, 2018
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HD employee recommended this for hanging large format natural stone on a vertical surface. I've done large tile on floors and small tile on verticals for backsplash, but had never done large tile on a vertical. Was using this on 12"x24" slate tiles over a brick fireplace facade, so I was a little nervous the tiles would not stay put. Be sure to mix this pretty thick per instructions, use the recommended 1/2x1/2 notched trowel, and it works very well. The tiles did not move and set up very quickly once pressed in place.

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EAM

45 to 54, Male
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By: EAM
  • Product made my DIY shower project a breeze.....
  • May 13, 2014
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This product was so easy to mix, and worked perfectly with my Marble tile for my DIY shower project. It has a great holding property, and made my project easier and gave me peace of mind that i made the best choice to use.

Pros Very Adhesive, Great Instructions, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Effective, mixes smooth and very easy

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Scottrtravel

Atlanta, GA, USA
35 to 44, Male
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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By: Scottrtravel
  • Good product
  • July 29, 2016
  • Recommended Product

My experience is similar to Builder's. If you're not working quickly, the mortar will begin to skin over, at which point newly laid tile won't stick. If you find this happening, simply scrape up the skinned-over mortar, put it back in the mortar bucket, and mix it around some more. I did all my tile cuts before mixing any mortar. This significantly reduced the amount of time for actual tile installation. I was able to complete a 27 square foot bathroom space in about 3 hours with large format tiles. This being my first tile job ever, I'm happy with the results.

newinfusion

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By: newinfusion
  • Best and strongest thinset available
  • October 29, 2014
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The thinset works for a variety of applications, tile, travertine and marble on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. The directions make it sound more difficult to use than it is. i found the best experience was to add water and thoroughly mix until it is the consistency of peanut butter. For larger tiles / stones, mix it more loose so that you can work the tiles more easily. For smaller tiles, mix it slightly more firm. Also, I attempted to remove an 18" X 18" tile applied to Durock..., when the tile came up, it ripped up the Durock with it. It has a strong bond, so make sure you get your layout correct. I filled the damaged area with this same mix and it worked out fine.

Pros Very Adhesive, Easy to Install, Effective Cons directions are too complex
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55 to 64, Male
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  • I'm a DIYer and didn't know if this mortar was particularly any better than the less expensive on...
  • November 23, 2016
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I'm a DIYer and didn't know if this mortar was particularly any better than the less expensive ones. After using a bag of this product, I then used a bag of VersaBond-LFT which sells for $17.97. In all honesty, the VersaBond didn't seem to stick that well to the back of the 12" X 24" porcelain I was putting down. Using a 1/2" X 1/2" trowel, I'd apply the thinset to the floor, apply tile, pull the till up and was a bit surprised how the thinset didn't transfer to the tile. It actually created more work. So after using a half bag of VersaBond, I tossed it and went back and got more of this product. $8 a bag premium adds up but the time savings and doing a good job is worth it.

JimP

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By: JimP
  • For regular porcelain 12x12 tiles I normally use Versabond thin-set (http://www.homedepot.com/p/C...
  • March 04, 2019
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For regular porcelain 12x12 tiles I normally use Versabond thin-set (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-VersaBond-Gray-50-lb-Fortified-Thin-Set-Mortar-MTSG50/100162542); however, when it came time to renovate the basement in my recently purchased house my wife decided that normal tiles were not good enough for her. Instead she purchased a mix of 12" x 48" tile for the main room as well as slate pieces for the closet. The more economical mortar are not rated for either large tile nor stone which necessitated an upgrade to this premium mortar. Though it is twice as expensive, I only expect to do the job once and wanted a quality application. This product did not disappoint, it worked perfectly. It was easy to mix with an attachment to a drill and applied smoothly. It held both the stone and oversized tiles quite well with no separation or surfacing.

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Tim

5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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By: Tim
  • For regular porcelain 12x12 tiles I normally use Versabond thin-set (http://www.homedepot.com/p/C...
  • May 01, 2018
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For regular porcelain 12x12 tiles I normally use Versabond thin-set (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-VersaBond-Gray-50-lb-Fortified-Thin-Set-Mortar-MTSG50/100162542); however, when it came time to renovate the basement in my recently purchased house my wife decided that normal tiles were not good enough for her. Instead she purchased a mix of 12" x 48" tile for the main room as well as slate pieces for the closet. The more economical mortar are not rated for either large tile nor stone which necessitated an upgrade to this premium mortar. Though it is twice as expensive, I only expect to do the job once and wanted a quality application. This product did not disappoint, it worked perfectly. It was easy to mix with an attachment to a drill and applied smoothly. It held both the stone and oversized tiles quite well with no separation or surfacing.

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Tim

4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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By: Tim