Need a Quick lesson in Drywall Selection

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    I've been window shopping the Apron stores to get prices on drywall for my basement. I see that they have a few different options Ultra-light, High-strength Lite, and TE (Toughrock).

    I've seen reviews that say the ultralight stuff is crappy: peels too easily compresses too easily, sags. But the price goes up significantly on the other products. So I'm looking for more info / opinions from you guys. For instance, does the lighter stuff require more fasteners for a ceiling?

    Right now, i'm just doing the ceiling, so the lighter stuff may be preferable and I'm not worrying about water resistant boards up there.
     
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    The manufacturers instructions and the city of grand rapids both agree that screw spacing at 12" is okay, but sometimes practical experience tells us another thing. just checking.
     
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    The fastener scheduling seems more dependent on stud spacing than wall or ceiling application or drywall sheet weight.
     
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    Ceilings should be regular 5/8 for the fire protection.
     
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    If you don't have 4 helpers and are going with 5/8 thick rent a lift. I did 25 sheets of half on ceilings last year with an 85 year old helper and wish I had rented a lift. I was going over old lath and plaster and half inch was enough.


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    rent the lift and buy the longest sheets you can get in the door
     
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    Yeah, I have used a lift before and def plan on using it again. And I'm using 12 ft sheets wherever I can. The less seams, the better in my book.

    Neal: when you say regular 5/8, you mean regular strength, no air bubbles kind of stuff? The light stuff doesn't meet code for fire protection? I talked to the usually reliable local building supply store and he said it's all light stuff now.
     
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    You know as much about it as I do.
     
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    update: I checked around with some local guys and type x is not required in a basement except in the furnace room. (check your local codes, this is not a universal answer) I also looked at some typex and it is also marked ultralight. I was thinking the air bubbles in the light firecode boards could be a problem, but apparently not.
     
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