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Old 06-30-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Installing interior cultured stone - first time using product or installing any other kind of masonry. Question about mortar. I read that I need a Type "N", but I only found separate ingredients (portland cement and sand) at Lowe's. I was looking for a "pre-blended" mix. Found pre-blended Type S at Home Depot. They look like they are for the same uses. Can I use Type S for cultured stone install? Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-30-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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yes. or use thinset which will stick better and make your job easier.

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Old 07-01-2009, 12:04 AM   #3
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If your going for grey grout joints, I would recomend the Type S premix. Less confusion & you can use it for the entire job. Don't be misled by the "Quikcrete" label, it really is a good product, especially for what you are intending to do with it.
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Can Type N not be used for the entire job? If I got Type N, would I still need to use Type S someplace? Cultured Stone installation guide only mentions Type N I think
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Type N will be fine
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For an interior application I would recommend using thin-set as Bob mentioned, to adhere the stones with. If you are using a stone with joints I would then use the quik-crete bags of mason mix (type S) to point the joints in.
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I guess this depends on the weight of your stones. Type N is fine. Type S offers a stronger cement and should be used for heavier stones. Thinset allows better adhesion but is better used indoors.
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Weight is not really the issue here. With cultured stone adhesion is the main quality you need. As you said the thinset will give you good adhesion thats why I use it on interior applications.

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