I'm thrilled. I didn't get a before pic as I wanted to, but just know this was several tons of oak. If and when it came down by itself - even though it was a healthy tree - it would have destroyed the house.
The other reason it had to come down? This massive oak tree was planted OVER THE SEPTIC FIELD by the previous owners. Never never never do that. The roots can and will grow into the field, searching for water.
Near the base, the stump measures 9 1/2' around. Yep. It was a big tree. I don't like destroying trees, let alone oaks (one of my favorites) but this was a plant growing where it shouldn't be. The classic definition of a weed.
The other tree I had cut down was a Blue Spruce planted way too close to the house against the garage. It died from a mite infestation before I could realize what its problem was. It's been standing, dead, for a good many years. Just ITCHIN' to fall on the garage. Not anymore! Both trees are now in the safe zone. On the ground.
And now I can get a lot of light to my new-this-year garden. When I get the greenhouse up, I plan to collect water from the run-off from the sides of the greenhouse. So if we have another tough year/drought, I'll have water stored.