removing/reparing studs in concrete pool deck

Hi all,
I just removed a security fence around my in-ground swimming pool. It has a concrete and brick deck with two problems now:
(1). studs in metal inserts used to secure the square steel fence posts for the gates now protrude (four in each leg) -- I tried double nutting them and backing them out, but they snap off or strip the nuts. The studs are threaded into what looks like steel inserts, and I guess they are rusted solid.
(2) series of 1 inch round holes where removable fence poles were inserted now surround much of the pool.
For the studs, I think I may try cutting them off with a cut of saw, try driving them into the concrete deeper and then patch with something. The problem here is the pool decking is quite nice, is part of my patio and is just a few steps from the livingroom, so I do not want it to look shabby when I am done.
For the 1 inch round holes, I think I can find plastic caps to cover the holes, but would like a permanent solution if there is a good one (again, they ring the perimeter of the pool and whatever I do will be quite obvious).
I would appreciate your suggestions and experience in similar situations. Thank you very much.
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Probably a dumb question, but what do local ordinances and your insurance agent say about removing the security fence? I agree, they generally look like crap, but many areas have required them for several years, and if (heaven forbid) a neighbor kid does wander in and drown, your carrier may decline to pay the claim, especially if they asked about a fence when they wrote the policy.
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Dear Aem,
Great question -- I wondered the same thing so I called the City about this as I also have a fence around the property and did not know if I needed the fence directly around the pool in addition to the property fencing.
The City (Rancho Palos Verdes in SoCal) said I could remove the pool security fencing so long as: 1) the property fence completely surrounds the area where the pool is located 2) it is 5 feet high, or higher 3) it has latching gates
Fortunately my property fence met all the requirements so I took it down. I also made sure the gates are spring loaded (self closing), but the city did not say this was a requirement. Oddly enough, the pool security fence was not five feet high.
doug

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You could fill in the fence post holes with hydraulic cement, patch the holes where the studs were but there is no way that you can do it and get any kind of match. You could always look at the fence pole holes as a pattern but digging out and filling in where the studs are going to make irregular patches.
You could look into various concrete resurfacer options after you fill the holes. I have seen two different products in the concrete section. Also there are various paints.
There are also systems installed by contractors. One coats your entire deck with various aggregates mixed with some sort of epoxy to about 1" or so. They can use different colors and can make patterns in the deck. Others put down stencils and kind of paint your deck.

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Stick Tiki torches in the fence-holes.
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