We recently had some drywall removed in our laundry room so our plumber could replace our old flex dryer vent with a safer rigid one. How important is it to repatch the drywall? Is it just a cosmetic question? Thanks!

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  • Will need to check with your local fire/building department for the regulations. Besides that it is mainly cosmetic, but a good chance to learn drywalling.
    – crip659
    Jul 9 at 20:02
  • @crip659 What sort of regulations do you mean?
    – Redondo314
    Jul 10 at 1:07
  • If it's a basement, probably not necessary except for it looks ugly AF, and unless you're skint some drywall isn't gonna break the bank.
    – Huesmann
    Jul 10 at 12:34

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I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to replace it even if it was just for cosmetics but there would probably be some air flow problems if it's left open There are always opening for pipes, AC vents, electrical lines, etc. in the ceiling area.It looks like there are open joists that air could be flowing into or out of decreasing the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Plus repairing the drywall will cut down on the noise from the washer and dryer to the areas above and along sides of the room.

  • Thank you! Appreciate the thoughtful response.
    – Redondo314
    Jul 10 at 1:06

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