position the ladder so that the distance from its base to the wall is one-quarter of the height of the ladder at its resting point
Illustration Ian Worpole
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Footing: Correct Angle


Position the ladder so that the distance from its base to the wall is one-quarter of the height of the ladder at its resting point, creating a 75-degree angle.

For a quick check on the angle of your ladder: Stand facing it with your feet touching its feet and your arms extended—your palms should rest on a rung at shoulder height.
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