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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 2, Episode 5

Lakeside Marina

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage crew travel to Smith Mountain Lake to save parts off a sinking boat. While at the marina, they discover other boats on the property to salvage. At the warehouse, Mike builds a commissioned bar from wine barrels for a local winery.

Friday
Jun 5
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 11

Salvaging Items From a Train Caboose Into Repurposed Goods

Hosts Mike and Robert salvage conductor chairs from a train caboose. The whole crew then picks through the Old Cold Storage warehouse in Arrington, VA. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay work together to build a large iron table.

Friday
Jun 5
2pm | 1c
Season 4, Episode 12

Scott Boulevard Baptist Church

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Decatur, GA, to salvage the Scott Boulevard Baptist Church. Key items include arched doorways, large stained glass windows, and a reredos. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay build an iron console.

Saturday
Nov 28
4pm | 3c
Season 4, Episode 3

Old Robeson County Jail

Mike, Robert, & the Dawgs salvage a 1950s jail in Lumberton, NC. Key items include a holding cell, sinks, and slate countertops. At the shop, Mike & Tay build a bar from bowling alley flooring.

Tuesday
Jan 19
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Old Robeson County Jail

Mike, Robert, & the Dawgs salvage a 1950s jail in Lumberton, NC. Key items include a holding cell, sinks, and slate countertops. At the shop, Mike & Tay build a bar from bowling alley flooring.

Monday
Feb 29
2am | 1c
Season 6, Episode 4

Pickle Mansion

The Salvage Dawgs head to Knoxville, Tennessee, in hopes of salvaging the crumbling Pickle Mansion. The main items of interest are a copper frieze and columns. Mike discovers a fuel drop tank and he and Tay build a dresser kitchen island.

Wednesday
Sep 21
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 2, Episode 3

Salvaging items from Columbus, Ohio, into repurposed goods

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage guys tackle disassembling a 40 foot Eiffel Tower replica in Columbus, OH. While in Columbus, they meet a fellow salvager and pick through his collection. Grayson also builds a floor lamp with salvaged materials back at the warehouse.

Sunday
Sep 25
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 5, Episode 13

Roanoke Chamber of Commerce

The Dawgs save pieces from the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, including safe deposit boxes and a pneumatic messaging system. The team also works on a large bar commissioned for the Natural Bridge Hotel.

Monday
Sep 26
1am | 12c
Season 5, Episode 4

Rising Sun Ranch

The Dawgs tackle a ranch house in Alderson, WV. Key items salvaged include stained glass and corbels. In the shop, Mike reuses timber to build a beam table.

Monday
Oct 24
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 13

Roanoke Chamber of Commerce

The Dawgs save pieces from the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, including safe deposit boxes and a pneumatic messaging system. The team also works on a large bar commissioned for the Natural Bridge Hotel.

Sunday
Dec 4
4pm | 3c
Season 3, Episode 4

St. Mary's Rectory

The Black Dog crew salvages St. Mary's Church rectory in Chillicothe, OH. Key items include cast-iron mantles, a large built-in cabinet, and a stained-glass front doorway. Back at the shop, Tay and his dad work together to make a truck from a Volkswagen bus.

Wednesday
Jan 18
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Monday
Mar 27
3am | 2c
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.

Tuesday
May 9
5pm | 4c
Season 5, Episode 2

Former First National Bank

The Salvage Dawgs take on the former first National Bank in Gastonia, NC. Key items salvaged include elevator parts and chicken wire windows. At the shop, Robert builds a bar out of a boat salvaged from Smith Mountain Lake.

Thursday
Aug 31
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Rising Sun Ranch

The Dawgs tackle a ranch house in Alderson, WV. Key items salvaged include stained glass and corbels. In the shop, Mike reuses timber to build a beam table.

Thursday
Aug 31
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 6

Portside Marina

The Dawgs save the bow and stern of a boat on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA. The team cuts up an old Chevy van for a commissioned wall art piece. New dogs Molly May and Stella make their debut.

Thursday
Aug 31
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Reed Creek Mill

The Dawgs salvage the Reed Creek Mill in Wytheville, VA. Key items found include conveyor belts and a flour hopper. Mike also builds a console for his nephew.

Thursday
Aug 31
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 10

Mt. Vernon Greek Revival

The Salvage Dawgs save as much as they can from a burnt-down house in Mt. Vernon, OH. In the shop, Mike builds a chair from a shopping cart.

Thursday
Aug 31
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 12

Little Chef Diner

The Dawgs stay in Roanoke to salvage an old diner sign. The crew also picks through a huge warehouse in Greensboro, NC. Back at the shop, the Whiteside family works together to build a clock from road signs.

Thursday
Aug 31
11am | 10c
Season 6, Episode 13

St. Agatha's Church Rectory

The Black Dog Salvage team heads back to snowy Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, to salvage the rectory of St. Agatha's Catholic Church. Robert, Mike and the crew brave snow and ice to salvage a triple sink, glass blocks and storm door. Afterward, they take a tour of the Bally Block Factory where Robert's grandfather used to work. Robert and Ted buy some antique household items for the shop, and Mike and Tay build an office bar for Robert and Mike's new office space.

Thursday
Aug 31
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 11

St. Agatha's Catholic Church

The Salvage Dawgs travel to snowy Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, to reclaim pieces of St. Agatha's Catholic Church. In the bitterly cold weather, they salvage stained glass, spiral ducting and lights. Tay and Mike buy an EKG machine for the shop, and Mike and Tay build a media center console.

Thursday
Aug 31
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 6, Episode 10

Texas Tavern Sign

The Salvage Dawgs work at home in Roanoke, Virginia, where they salvage a sign for the Texas Tavern and learn the history of the local restaurant over burgers and bowls of chili. Afterwards, the team heads to a warehouse in Philadelphia where they engage in fierce negotiations over bread molds and wine racks. Robert buys a cash register for the shop, and Mike builds a bed for Robert's daughter Caroline.

Thursday
Aug 31
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 9

Marion Bowling Alley

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Marion, Virginia, to salvage a soon-to-be renovated bowling alley. However, the bowling alley floor turns out to be far heavier than they anticipated. Mike buys an artillery telescope for the shop, and Tay and Mike build a convertible coffee table.

Thursday
Aug 31
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 6, Episode 8

Grace Family Church

The Black Dog Salvage crew travels to Vinton, Virginia, in order to salvage a massive piece of stained glass from the Grace Family Church. They run into challenges when equipment is delayed. Tay and Grayson buy a tandem bike for the shop, and Mike and Tay build a beam lamp.

Thursday
Aug 31
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 7

Rural Retreat Historical Society

Mike, Robert and the team travel to the Rural Retreat Historical Society in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Mike sets up rigging from the rooftop for an outdoor clock while Robert salvages a vault door and bank teller station. Tay and Mike build a day bed using pallets.

Thursday
Aug 31
2:30pm | 1:30c

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