In addition to their load bearing function, cripple studs maintain the uniform spacing of the wall studs upon which the interior and exterior wall coverings are attached.
What's the difference between a trimmer and cripple stud?
Trimmers are installed parallel to the primary floor or ceiling joists and support headers, which run perpendicular to the primary joists. It can also refer to a jack stud that supports a header above a window or door opening. Traditionally, a stud which was less than full length was sometimes referred to as a cripple.
Where are cripple studs used?
A cripple stud is located above a door or window or below a window. Cripple studs are non-structural but provide a nailing base for siding or interior wall coverings. Spaced 16 or 24 inches on center, they carry the regular wall stud layout across the framed opening.
How long are cripple studs?
The minimum length of 14 inches (356 mm) for cripple wall studs provides sufficient clear space for required nailing of the framing.
What is a cripple or jack stud?
What's the difference between a jack stud and a cripple stud? While a jack stud is used to support the weight of the header, a cripple stud is cut to add additional framing above the door or window opening, and below a window.
What is the purpose of cripple studs?
While a jack stud is used to support the weight of the header, a cripple stud is cut to add additional framing above the door or window opening, and below a window.