depends on how you place the ladder, if you open it parallel it will be the same, if you open it perpendicular, then the top of the ladder will be farther away from the wall..I could test it if I had one, but I don't, so maybe someone could save me some time and/or bruises.
I need to sand the peak of an exterior wall, trailing an extension cord. Pretend like this "A" is my roof gable, and the space between the point of the A and the horizontal line inside the A is where I need to sand. The point is 12 feet up. This is the highest and hardest part of the job.
An 8-foot ladder is the perfect distance away from the wall from the medium heights so that I can stand on the correct rung and have my arms and eyes at the right distance away from the wall. But it is just about a foot too short for my sander at the peak, as I would have to hold the sander over my head and that doesn't feel right.
So my question is: If I use a 10-foot ladder instead of the 8-foot, is the top of the 10-foot going to be farther away from the peak than the 8-foot?
If it is, then I would have to lean into the peak, and I'd rather not.
If you get my drift....