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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 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.

Saturday
Sep 12
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Elks National Home

The Dawgs head to the Elks National Home in Bedford, VA, to salvage parts of the old lodge. Key items include doors, theater seats and subway tile. Back in the wood shop, Mike builds a swing from a salvaged apple crate and upholsters cushions from old postal bags.

Saturday
Oct 31
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 3, Episode 5

Bowman House

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog crew salvage an early 1800s farmhouse in Mt. Jackson, VA. Key items include pocket doors, a primitive armoire, and heart pine flooring. Grayson brings a new idea to Mike to make a bench from three chairs.

Saturday
Nov 28
8am | 7c
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
Jan 10
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 2

Bemis Cotton Mill

Mike, Robert and the rest of the team salvage the Bemis Cotton Mill in Jackson, TN. Key finds include fire doors, earthenware sinks, factory carts and a gang sink. At the warehouse, Mike builds a bookshelf using the panels from a door.

Sunday
Feb 28
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Wheeling Apartment

Mike, Robert and the rest of the team salvage elements from an apartment building in Wheeling, WV. Key items include arched doors, a double drainboard sink and wooden medallions. In the shop, Mike builds a wine tasting table from an old lamppost and barrel staves.

Friday
Jul 22
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Monday
Aug 29
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 6, Episode 2

Greek Revival Farmhouse

The Salvage Dawgs preserve a Greek Rival farm house in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. Main salvage items include mantles, tiles and a full-sized chicken coop. Mike and Tay build a freight cart couch in the Black Dog shop and Robert gets excited about a corn sheller.

Monday
Sep 12
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 13

Salvaging Items From a High School Into Purposed Goods

Mike, Robert and the Black Dog Salvage crew save parts from a 1917 high school up in Youngwood, PA. Key finds include lockers, chalkboards, sinks, and a gothic window transom. In the warehouse, Mike builds a unique coffee table from horse tack previously salvaged from the Homestead Stables.

Wednesday
Sep 21
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Sunday
Oct 16
9pm | 8c
Season 7, Episode 9

Beechcraft Airplane Salvage

The Salvage Dawgs try something a little different by bidding on a 1947 Beechcraft airplane. Mike goes a little over budget to win the auction and the crew has to hire professionals to figure out how to disassemble it properly. Meanwhile, Mike and Tay build a functional shelf out of a mantle and Mike brings in an old piece of farm equipment to Robert's dismay.

Tuesday
May 9
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 8, Episode 8

Cosby Brothers Mill

Mike and Robert give Tay a history lesson with an old dentistry x-ray machine before the team loads up for a project in Grottoes, VA. They start at Cosby Brothers Mill where they hope to salvage some old mill parts if they can figure out a way to safely get them from the third story. Mike and Robert then travel up the road to see what can be done with an old repurposed barn. Tay and Mike start a kitchen desk build back at the shop with some old salvage materials.

Sunday
Nov 5
10pm | 9c
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.

Friday
Dec 15
5pm | 4c
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
Season 8, Episode 4

Return to Delaware

The team faces cold winter weather as they attempt to quickly salvage as much as possible from an old church in Laurel, DE. Robert, Mike and Tay work together to remove large stained glass and figure out a way to get it back to the store with minimal damage. Grayson and Grace test their skills at successfully salvage ceiling tiles and doors. Later, Mike has his eye on a trolley and Tay has a great idea for a build that's shaping up to look like an outhouse.

Friday
Mar 16
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 8, Episode 6

Peanut Silo Salvage

The Salvage Dawgs score some doors from the Virginia Military Institute before hesitantly taking on a Peanut Silo Salvage in Skippers, Virginia. After a rather precarious roof removal, they devise a different plan to dismantle the silos while keeping them intact. Once back at the shop, they tackle a table and use a grinding wheel as their design inspiration.

Friday
Mar 16
4pm | 3c
Season 8, Episode 8

Cosby Brothers Mill

Mike and Robert give Tay a history lesson with an old dentistry x-ray machine before the team loads up for a project in Grottoes, VA. They start at Cosby Brothers Mill where they hope to salvage some old mill parts if they can figure out a way to safely get them from the third story. Mike and Robert then travel up the road to see what can be done with an old repurposed barn. Tay and Mike start a kitchen desk build back at the shop with some old salvage materials.

Friday
Mar 16
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 8, Episode 10

Parkville Farmhouse

The team heads to Parkville, MD, to salvage a classic farmhouse. Working on the outside the Dawgs remove steel from the front porch, doors, and windows while indoors they work to remove radiators, banisters and wainscoting. With the house picked clean, Mike rewards the Dawgs with indoor skydiving! Once back in the shop, Mike and Tay build an ironwood coffee table.

Friday
Mar 16
5pm | 4c
Season 8, Episode 12

Splitting Up Jobs

Robert sends Tay and Grayson to salvage on their own in Salem, Virginia, until the crew comes together to help finish the job. Mike and Ted travel to Norfolk, VA, to pick up a special nautical structure for a client, then Tay and Mike build a nautical chandelier for the same buyer.

Friday
Mar 16
5:30pm | 4:30c

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