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About the show

Salvage Dawgs is a trip into a world of shrewd negotiations as Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside — co-owners of one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States, Black Dog Salvage — bid on homes and buildings condemned to be demolished. Their goal is to secure the remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside these old structures before they are lost forever. These salvaged vintage pieces include everything from doors, windows, mantels and more. Once they are recovered, the guys sell these valuable pieces to a wide range of clients, from construction workers to high-end interior designers, who use them to restore other historical buildings and add character to newer structures.

Meet the Hosts

Mike Whiteside

Mike Whiteside is the co-owner of one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States. His goal is to secure the remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside old structures before they are lost forever. 

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Robert Kulp

Robert Kulp is the co-owner of one of the premier architectural salvage operations in the United States. His goal is to secure the remarkable pieces of America's past hidden inside old structures before they are lost forever. 

All About Robert

Season 3, Episode 8

Meek Farmhouse

Mike & Robert remove a two-piece staircase from a farmhouse in Marion, VA. The guys also pick through a train yard. Back at the shop, Mike builds a bar from panel doors as a surprise for a customer's husband.

Sunday
Jun 28
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

Reel Theatres

Mike, Robert, & the team salvage a movie theater in Sevierville, TN. Key items include analog projectors, movie screens, and neon letters. Mike also builds a commissioned table from a window frame.

Wednesday
Sep 16
11am | 10c
Season 3, Episode 7

Byrd Log Cabin

The Salvage Dawgs team returns to a previously salvaged house to save its original log structure. Mike and Tay also learn how that wood is milled for a custom building project. Mike uses that same wood to build an end table for the property owner.

Sunday
Oct 25
10am | 9c
Season 1, Episode 10

Foursquare Church

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew take on extracting large and fragile stained glass windows at a church in Salisbury, NC. The guys also pick through a local piano store for some interesting finds. Back at the shop, Mike builds a bench using the back of a Chris Craft boat.

Saturday
Oct 31
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 2

Northeast Farmhouse

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew save parts of an early 1800s farmhouse and barn in Edison, NJ. Key items include corner plinths, thick floorboards, and an elaborate front entryway.

Thursday
Mar 3
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 5

Trenton Central High School

The Salvage Dawgs team takes on a huge high school in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include fireclay sinks and oak cabinets. Mike and Tay build an N-shaped desk in the shop.

Thursday
Jun 23
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 11

Tully Choice Cabin

The Salvage Dawgs save steps and chimney rocks from a 1765 log cabin at Smith Mountain Lake. Gracie takes the team to a local glassblowing artist to make pieces for a chandelier. Robert and Ted also pick through a barn.

Monday
Aug 15
1am | 12c
Season 3, Episode 6

Nehi Bottling Plant

Mike and the team salvage large industrial doors from the old Nehi Bottling Plant in Covington, VA. Back at the shop, Robert and Tay work on a gate made from a bicycle. The guys also pick through a collection brought in by a local vendor.

Thursday
Sep 1
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 1

St. Michael's Catholic School

The Salvage Dawgs team head to the St. Michael's Catholic School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they brave high-wire heights in order to save elements of the past. The team also builds a ladder console and discovers a vintage army record player.

Tuesday
Nov 15
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 12

Noland Sign Company

The Black Dog Salvage team works in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Noland Sign Company. On a windy day, they salvage metal lettering, copper cupolas and vintage plumbing. Grayson buys an initial machine for the shop, and Gracie, Tay and Mike build a lamp that shows off Gracie's glass-blowing skills.

Tuesday
Sep 12
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 10

Lexington Burnout House

The team goes to Lexington, VA, to see what they can save from a fire-damaged house that had recently been converted to apartments. Mike and Robert work on removing a large door while Grayson and Tay work the perimeter of the house. The build doesn't go as planned, however, forcing Mike to get creative with his problem-solving skills. Meanwhile, Robert and Mike get good news on an appraisal of a shuffleboard table they recently acquired in Greensboro, NC.

Sunday
Oct 22
6pm | 5c
Season 7, Episode 4

Wayne Lanes Bowling Alley

The Salvage Dawgs go to Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, VA, to salvage bowling balls, bowling pins, bowling shoes and whatever else they can find in the alley. Robert is determined to redeem himself from last season's bowling fiasco, while Grayson finds some cool items including a bowling ball for Robert's girls.

Monday
Oct 23
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 5

Teacherage

The Salvage Dawgs head to Henderson, NC, to salvage parts from an old home that used to house young female teachers. Tay and Robert begin removing the attic ladder and door while Grayson and Ted tackle the interior doors. After removing the door, archway and columns from the front entrance, the team begins removing the home's fire escape. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay begin a custom hall tree using doors from a previous salvage.

Wednesday
Jan 17
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 1

Former United Methodist Church

The Salvage Dawgs head to Laurel, Delaware, to salvage what they can from a former Methodist church that fell victim to water damage. The team removes pews, a bronze bell and a 'greenhouse' skylight before heading back to the shop to work on a beam console.

Thursday
Feb 22
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

Pinehurst Steam Plant

The Dawgs head to Pinehurst, NC, to salvage an old steam plant that used to run the town. After working together to remove an old transom, Grayson and Robert remove some cool valves while Mike discovers some additional salvage in a shed near the building. Back at the shop, Grayson helps build a bar and Robert brings in an unusual find that usually doesn't mesh well with the Dawgs.

Thursday
Feb 22
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 5

Teacherage

The Salvage Dawgs head to Henderson, NC, to salvage parts from an old home that used to house young female teachers. Tay and Robert begin removing the attic ladder and door while Grayson and Ted tackle the interior doors. After removing the door, archway and columns from the front entrance, the team begins removing the home's fire escape. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay begin a custom hall tree using doors from a previous salvage.

Thursday
Feb 22
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 8, Episode 7

Peacock Salem Cleaners

The Dawgs stay close to home to salvage the old Salem Peacock Cleaners in Salem, Virginia. Over 100 years old, the building is filled with antique laundromat parts that the crew carefully removes, including a fur fumigator door, steam press and soapstone sink. With a full truck, the team loads up and heads back to Roanoke so Tay and Grayson can begin making a ladder wine rack.

Thursday
Feb 22
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 9

Navy SEAL Boat

The Salvage Dawgs travel to a shipyard in Norfolk, VA, to salvage a boat once used for Navy SEAL insertions. The Dawgs manage to salvage some key items, but their energy and patience is tested once they realize the boat won't fit on the trailer.

Thursday
Feb 22
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 5

Teacherage

The Salvage Dawgs head to Henderson, NC, to salvage parts from an old home that used to house young female teachers. Tay and Robert begin removing the attic ladder and door while Grayson and Ted tackle the interior doors. After removing the door, archway and columns from the front entrance, the team begins removing the home's fire escape. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay begin a custom hall tree using doors from a previous salvage.

Wednesday
Mar 7
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 7

Peacock Salem Cleaners

The Dawgs stay close to home to salvage the old Salem Peacock Cleaners in Salem, Virginia. Over 100 years old, the building is filled with antique laundromat parts that the crew carefully removes, including a fur fumigator door, steam press and soapstone sink. With a full truck, the team loads up and heads back to Roanoke so Tay and Grayson can begin making a ladder wine rack.

Wednesday
Mar 7
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 9

Navy SEAL Boat

The Salvage Dawgs travel to a shipyard in Norfolk, VA, to salvage a boat once used for Navy SEAL insertions. The Dawgs manage to salvage some key items, but their energy and patience is tested once they realize the boat won't fit on the trailer.

Wednesday
Mar 7
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 8, Episode 11

C&O Railway

The team travels to Clifton Forge, Virginia, to conquer C&O Railway's vast repair space. Using force and lots of tools, they work to salvage the steam engine repair plant by saving railway bases and corrugated glass. Later, the guys take apart a baby grand piano and repurpose it into a shelf.

Wednesday
Mar 7
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 13

Lerner House

The crew travels to Orange, VA, to salvage a 1930s brick mansion, including its columns and windows. Then, Mike and Robert return General George C. Marshall's door to the Virginia Military Institute while Tay and Mike build a coffee table from a door used in the barracks.

Wednesday
Mar 7
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

Pinehurst Steam Plant

The Dawgs head to Pinehurst, NC, to salvage an old steam plant that used to run the town. After working together to remove an old transom, Grayson and Robert remove some cool valves while Mike discovers some additional salvage in a shed near the building. Back at the shop, Grayson helps build a bar and Robert brings in an unusual find that usually doesn't mesh well with the Dawgs.

Friday
Mar 16
2pm | 1c
Season 8, Episode 1

Former United Methodist Church

The Salvage Dawgs head to Laurel, Delaware, to salvage what they can from a former Methodist church that fell victim to water damage. The team removes pews, a bronze bell and a 'greenhouse' skylight before heading back to the shop to work on a beam console.

Friday
Mar 16
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 2

Former Dixie Furniture Plant

Mike starts the day sharing his most recent find with the team -- an antique cash register -- before beginning work on a handle cart coffee table with Tay and Patrick. Later, the team travels to a vacant furniture plant in Lexington, NC, where they work in near-darkness salvaging conveyor belts, fire doors, veneer molds, factory carts and industrial lights.

Friday
Mar 16
3pm | 2c

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