Cedar Fences pickets, cedar post protection

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soparklion11

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How do you protect cedar fence posts? I'm told that without protection, the posts only last ~10 yrs and I need to get more than that out of my fence...

My lumber guy suggests a shadowbox pattern to reduce road noise from behind my fence. He also thinks that 2" pickets will reduce noise a lot more than the 1" pickets that I planned to use... any opinion on that? This is my first fence that I'm building for myself... others have been for friends or relatives and therefore at the discretion of their wives.
 
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