- Q.How do header
hangers compare, from a strength standpoint, with traditional
supporting jack studs?
responds: If the header and jack stud are perfectly cut so
that the header bears completely on the jack, the jack stud
would have about three times the capacity of a header hanger in
download. It should be noted, however, that the strength of the
header hanger may still be sufficient for a particular
installation. The advantage of header hangers comes in
eliminating the jack stud altogether, thereby allowing better
insulation properties, saving on lumber, and allowing slightly
wider openings in tight framing situations. Simpson’s HH
series hangers, with their 2 1/8-inch seat, will also provide
support for a header that has been cut slightly short.
Robert Bouchet is an engineer with the Simpson Strong-Tie Co.
in Pleasanton, Calif.