Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-18-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: California
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Cripple studs below a header


We want to increase the height of a closet door so we can utilize the space at the top of the closet. When we opened up the drywall on the inside of the closet, we realized the closet framing consists of: 1) a 2X9" header just below the ceiling framing, and 2) 4 cripple studs below the header. The cripple studs fill the space below the header to make the closet opening smaller so that a standard 80" door would fit. The 2x9 header sits on the jack studs, while the cripple studs are nailed into the header and jack studs (see photo). The blueprints for our building show that this is not a load bearing wall, however with the 2x9 header, we had to stop and ask. At this point, we are thinking of leaving the header where it is and just removing the cripple studs to increase the opening height of the closet. We don't think the cripples are bearing any load, since they are attached below the header, but we wanted to put it out there and see if anyone thinks otherwise.
Attached Images
  


Last edited by mercy; 01-18-2010 at 03:13 PM. Reason: Change photo format
mercy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2010, 03:23 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 9,967
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Cripple studs below a header


Yes, framed for a load bearing wall, everything between jacks (to 2x10) can be removed (horizontals and short cripple studs).

Be safe, Gary

__________________
If any ads are present in my answer above, I do not condone/support/use the product or services listed, they are there against my permission.
Gary in WA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 94
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Cripple studs below a header


Some builders use "box beam headers"(that is what type of header you have) over every door and window, regardless of location. The only way to tell for sure is to figure out if anything is resting on top of that wall.
CustomBuild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2010, 04:20 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 9,967
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Cripple studs below a header


We call them solid wood headers with a frame down. I would leave the 2x10 alone or check before removing as C.B. said.
Be safe, Gary
__________________
If any ads are present in my answer above, I do not condone/support/use the product or services listed, they are there against my permission.
Gary in WA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replacing a (piss poor) header - < 4' WaldenL Building & Construction 15 10-09-2009 12:15 PM
Jack studs not nailed to header bluefitness Building & Construction 2 04-04-2009 11:25 PM
Header in a "modern brace" framed house jtpwils Carpentry 14 11-18-2008 09:24 AM
Advice on Enlarging a Door Opening WorkOnIt Carpentry 9 02-04-2007 12:53 PM
Moving Header Supports Star Building & Construction 3 09-25-2005 01:50 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.