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New Laundry Room

Posted By: Constance
Tuesday, 21 March 2000, at 10:20 a.m.

I close on a new (to me) house March 31 and plan to convert a 4x10 room off the kitchen into a laundry room. I just received some estimates to do the job, which included pushing one non-load bearing wall out about 6 inches, that topped $7,000. I'm now planning on doing the job myself since I'm pretty handy. I've decided not to move the wall, however. What I do plan to do is cut out the drywall along a 5x4 foot section and remove three of the 2x4s up to about four feet high to make a small alcove for the washer and dryer connections, plumbing etc. (because my washer and dryer measure 27x25 and 29x25 respectively, leaving little room for passage). The plumbing is already there, though it has been covered by dry wall (the drywall I plan to knock out). My questions are: Are there any hazards to this approach that I may be unaware of? And, is there some type of sound insulating material that is very thin (less than 1/4 inch) that I could place along the backside drywall so the sounds of the water running can't be heard in the adjacent room? Or would butting new drywall to the backside of the other drywall be sufficient?

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