SeanR, cripple up here in southwest washington could mean the same thing, I just remember my dad always calling them cripples maybe because when you only use one on each end they become crippled under the weight.
Yes, I am building myself, just came in to take a break after that header. I think it will be fine, have six studs in the middle, don't thinks its going anywhere.
My garage is also detached from the house. The garage attached to the house is very small with standard 7x8 doors (what a joke). We just got rid of our Expedition and purchase a Toyota Prius and this car will fit in our existing garage so guess what, I'm getting a new shop to!!
Yes, I will be using pre-fab trusses. Are you still working on yours or is it completed?