Mecosta drywall company works on project featured on Animal Planet

RENOVATION: Dale Whaley, owner of DW2 Drywall, along with Remus Prentice and Bill Teegardin take a break from installing drywall to pose for a picture at the Buckley Canoe Livery. The renovation at the Buckley Canoe Livery will be featured television on the show “Restoration Wild” at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11, on Animal Planet. (Courtesy photo)

RENOVATION: Dale Whaley, owner of DW2 Drywall, along with Remus Prentice and Bill Teegardin take a break from installing drywall to pose for a picture at the Buckley Canoe Livery. The renovation at the Buckley Canoe Livery will be featured television on the show “Restoration Wild” at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11, on Animal Planet. (Courtesy photo)

MECOSTA — Being thrown into the middle of a quick-flip restoration project for television wasn’t on Dale Whaley’s list of things to do in September, but that’s exactly what he was part of.

Whaley, owner of DW2 Drywall in Mecosta, had plenty of other projects going on a few months ago when he received a call from a general contractor seeing if he and his crew were available for a job.

That job was an eight-day total renovation of the Buckley Canoe Livery, located between Remus and Mount Pleasant on the Chippewa River. The project would be filmed for the show “Restoration Wild,” which airs on Animal Planet.

“They called seeing if I could do the drywall, kind of flying by the seat of their pants looking for someone, and at first I really didn’t want to do it,” Whaley laughed. “But my wife and kids said, ‘Oh come on; if you have a chance to get on Animal Planet, you have to do it,’ and that’s basically why I did it.”

Whaley, assisted by Bill Teegardin and Remus Prentice, worked alongside the various other crews and workers to complete the project, which included the main area of the canoe livery along with a bar area in the back.

“We did all the drywalling and then there were people everywhere just working on top and between one another to get it all done,” Whaley said. “Everyone was very considerate and worked well together.”

Being filmed while working on a project is not something he’s done before, Whaley said he was at ease the entire time.

“They took really good care of us,” he said. “It was very hectic, yet organized. I’d never seen anything like it.”

Whaley and his crew were right in the middle of the project, but didn’t have a chance to see the end result.

“We didn’t get a chance to get back and see how it all came out, so all the guys and I are really excited to watch it and see how the final project turns out,” Whaley said.

The “Restoration Wildlife” program featuring the Buckley Canoe Livery project will air at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, on Animal Planet.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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