I'm sure however it's done is to code as baluster replacement is so popular and there only seems to be this one installation method.
Maybe I should have asked my question differently
Does anyone have those black iron balusters? If you were to pull, tug, kick or throw a linebacker shoulder into them - are they going to hold? And think they'd hold up after repetitive balls, boxes, toys and toddlers bang into them?
I'm considering drilling an angled hole in the bottom of each and running a 3 inch screw through. A tornado couldn't knock that down. But this idea would make installation and my ability to keep them perfectly level/straight much harder.