I am at a friends for a bbq, righteous burgers, my favorite beer (Yuengling black and tan) We are hanging out on their recently built deck, and I lean up against the synthetic railing, which deflected impressively( 2+ inches at the post…) I give the post a whack with my knuckles, and it sounds hollow. Ohoh. so I gently tug on the top cap, and it isnt glued on. So, I subtly slide it off and look down a big hollow box. Looks like a pt 4×4 would slide in perfectly. It seemed to be locked in mainly with only deckmates and SS screws.
The deck itself is about 3 feet off the deck and has a real sturdy undercarriage, although all galvinized, not stainless.
So, thoughts of gently breaking the whole you need to redo your railings, or is it strong enough as it is…..