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monty
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Posted: August 22, 2008 5:50 PM

Hi, I am just starting out in the tile business. Can someone please explain what the difference is between a mud-set installation and a thin-set installation?
DelWallace
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Posted: August 23, 2008 8:50 PM

RE: mud-set/thin-set installations
A mud set installation is a deep bed installation using a portland cement based mud. Thinset installation is also a portland cement based installation that has a variety of additives added to allow a much thinner bed. Some of the additives can be latax based which are used to achieve a chemical bond to either or both the tile and the substrate.
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Posted: August 23, 2008 10:48 PM

RE: mud-set/thin-set installations
Thinset is the most common type of adhesive used for quickly sticking down tile flooring on a relatively flat surface, allowing for a thinner application of mud. Mud-set technique uses a thick application of mortar and sand and has the advantage of allowing you to adjust the thickness as needed to compensate for uneven surfaces and can give you a flatter finish. Mud set is typical in laying stone with tight joints such as marble, travertine or granite.
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