I was wondering if this beam from the hand rail to the joists could be any form of support? I really doubt it but just being cautious since I'm framing out the basement and wanted to get rid of the vertical 2x4 to make it like a half wall railing. The 2x4 attaches to the joists directly under the stairs on the main level. Any help would be great! Oh and if it matters the house is a cape cod style. Sorry about the mess in the pictures, Thanks!