Cripple Studs

Cripple Studs

Cripple Studs –  short studs installed above a header or below a window sill or saddle.  If the header is tall enough to reach the top plate no cripple studs are required.  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.

wall framing diagram showing cripple studs



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