I'm trying to find a solution to my crooked wood railing. The house has settled I've the years and balausters have shifted and popped out. Previous owners have tried to do quick fixes (ie. placing a nailing strip at base of balausters to try and straighten them out) but they just haven't done the job.
I thought the solution might be putting a Newell post in at the top and adjoining the railings to it. I purchased an old Newell post that I was going to install (as seen in Pictures) but after popping the floor board up to install it, I realized I would have to cut into a structural member just to secure the post (which I obviously don't want to do).
I considered boring a 1.5x4"rectangular hole in one of the members maybe 3-4"deep, filling it with PL premium and then inserting 1.5x4" portion of Newell post, shimming it level and waiting for it to dry. Then I would attach the railing to the sides of the Newell post (having cut the section out previously of course). Wanted to check in before I did this however.
Other option which seems more feasible is keeping the railing continuous and propping up the existing balausters -- over time they have settled into their holes and as a result the railing has become crooked.
I would prefer to keep the railing continuous and not cut into it to install a Newell Post.
Final pictures taken (last 3) was propping a balauster under the railing on solid wood rather than set into a hole