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Applications of dry pack mortar

dry pack mortar on warehouse floor

Dry pack mortar is simply a mixture of cement, sand and water. Contractors often use special masonry cement to create dry pack mortar, such as LafargeHolcim Tanzania’s TemboFundi cement. The mixture is sometimes referred to as floor mud and it is used to create a bed of mortar for tile and brick placement. 

Other uses of dry pack mortar include shower installations and as a material for minor concrete repairs. This mixture is dry and sandy, hence its name. To make dry pack mortar, mix one part of masonry cement with four parts of sand and just enough water to produce a mortar that sticks together when moulded in the hand. If the mortar crumbles, there is not enough water; if it slumps, there is too much water.

Where to use dry pack mortar

This mixture has a variety of residential and commercial uses, as outlined below:

  • Used to prepare mortar beds
  • Used to level concrete surfaces
  • Used for floating shower bases and floors
  • Used to fill holes in concrete floors and walls

When using dry pack mortar to fill holes in concrete surfaces, it should be placed in layers of 1cm thickness and then compacted into the hole with a pole or a hammer. It is recommended to use a metal pole rather than a wooden one. Metal is better at compacting the mortar and will ensure a better bond with the underlying concrete surface.

Dry pack mortar offers numerous advantages. It can be used in dry and wet environments, inside or outside. It is also easy to mix, tamp, compact and slope, which makes repair jobs easy and efficient. Consider using dry pack mortar to make your net construction project a breeze.


LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges. 


LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.


At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.


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