Fire Rated Drywall
Traditionally, people have used nails to fasten drywall to joists and studs. However, nails and hammers have since been replaced by screws and power drills as the preferred fastening method. The greatest benefits of screws over nails include quicker drywall hanging since screws are magnetically attracted to the tip of the power drill, a more thorough fastening of drywall, which means fewer screws are required and consequently cost benefits, nails put indentations into the drywall with each hammer strike and there is always a risk of creating holes when you miss the nail.
The basic drywall thicknesses are 5/8 inch, 3/8 inch, and 1/4 inch. At Bernardi Building Supply, we have drywall screws in different lengths to match the thickness of your drywall.
Even as you sink the head below the drywall surface, you should not go too far to prevent the puncturing of the drywall. The screws should be placed about 8 inches apart along the vertical joints and 16 inches apart in the middle.