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.