example of a privacy screen
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How High Should a Fence Be?

Decide based on how you plan to use your fence.

Corralling kids or pets: Three to 4 feet prevents wandering but is low enough to leave the view intact and to chat with neighbors.

Enclosing a pool: Code requires 4 feet, minimum. The maximum space between pickets is 4 inches.

Maintaining privacy: Six feet, maximum. Many communities require a permit and engineering plans for anything higher.

Controlling deer: Seven feet discourages casual browsers, although persistent bucks can clear 15 feet.
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