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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.

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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 4, Episode 8

P.A. Denny Riverboat

The Salvage Dawgs save a calliope from a riverboat in Parkersburg, WV. They also split into teams to pick through the owner's large warehouse. At the shop, Courtney collaborates with Mike to build a mirror from pieces of wall trim.

Monday
Jul 27
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 2

Bemis Cotton Mill

Mike, Robert, & 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.

Monday
Aug 3
3:30am | 2:30c
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. Other items they save include doors, theater seats, and subway tile. Back in the woodshop, Mike builds a swing from a salvaged apple crate and upholsters cushions from old postal bags.

Wednesday
Sep 16
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 2
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Clapp Farm Windmill

Mike, Robert, and the rest of the team salvage an Aeromotor windmill in Liberty, NC. They also pick through various barns on the property. Back in the woodshop, Mike uses salvaged barn wood and iron to build a floor lamp.

Thursday
Oct 15
3pm | 2c
Season 3, Episode 9

Hylton Victorian

The Black Dog Salvage team saves parts of an old Victorian-style farmhouse in Laurel Forks, VA. Mike & Robert also learn how to hand throw bricks at the local Old Virginia Brick Company. At the shop, Tay transforms a busted up VW bus into a flatbed truck.

Tuesday
Nov 17
12pm | 11c
Season 4, Episode 6

Terracotta Silo

The Dawgs struggle to take down a terracotta silo in Bedford, VA. While in town, Mike takes Tay and Grayson to visit the National D-Day Memorial. Back at the shop, Mike builds a coffee table from an old factory cart.

Monday
Feb 29
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 5, Episode 7

Return to Trenton High School

The Dawgs return to Trenton Central High School in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include four large clock faces and library ladders. In the shop, Mike and Tay build a table from an old jail bed.

Sunday
Mar 27
10pm | 9c
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
Aug 22
3am | 2c
Season 6, Episode 5

Mine Master's House

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in order to reclaim items from an old mine master's house. They are surprised to find much of the house picked over before they arrive. Robert and Grayson struggle with flooring while Mike cuts structural beams out of the house. Tay discovers a drill press that brings out Robert's skepticism, and Robert and Tay build a license plate table.

Sunday
Oct 2
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Sunday
Oct 9
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 7, Episode 7

19th Century Corncrib

The Salvage Dawgs go to Hamburg, PA, to carefully deconstruct a corncrib being sure to take plenty of notes and pictures so they can reassemble it accurately. Meanwhile, Tay thinks he's found a great deal on some antique horses and Grayson works on her welding skills helping Mike build a circular iron bar.

Sunday
Apr 2
9pm | 8c
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
Apr 6
12pm | 11c
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.

Friday
Jul 14
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 1

Trinity Lutheran Church

The Salvage Dawgs go to Greencastle, PA, to salvage an old church that is being restored for a physical therapy office. The team struggles to figure out the best way to remove the windows, salvage the large bell and execute an idea for a console.

Friday
Jul 14
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 2

Esther Ludwig Mansion

Black Dog Salvage travels to Pennsylvania to save what they can from Esther Ludwig's mansion before it gets demolished. They hope to reclaim some of the mansion's all-original items, such as chandeliers, built-ins and mantles. Mike buys an old vintage wheelchair he hopes to restore and finds some salvage around the shop to create a freestanding mirror.

Friday
Jul 14
1pm | 12c
Season 7, Episode 3

Virginia Victorian Home

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Hot Springs, VA, to salvage mantles, cabinets, sinks and a round window from a late Victorian-style home. Grayson works on her negotiating and picking skills, Tay finishes up his remodel and Mike helps him put together a design for a cool beam to go above his bar.

Friday
Jul 14
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 14
2pm | 1c
Season 7, Episode 5

Return to Ludwig Mansion

Black Dog Salvage returns to the Ludwig mansion in Pennsylvania to get what they left behind from the first salvage. They're concentrating on the outside of the house including the roof tiles, windows and the boiler room. Tay gets competitive by racing to quickly take out the casement windows while Mike and Ted go up high and try to salvage as many of the roof tiles as they can. Down at the shop, Grayson looks for materials to build a spice rack for her kitchen and Robert brings in a vintage scale to see who, exactly, has been slacking on the job.

Friday
Jul 14
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 7, Episode 6

Victorian Free Classic House

The Salvage Dawgs return to Hot Springs, VA, to salvage another home before it gets demolished. The house has some great Eastlake hardware worth salvaging as well as Majorca tile, mantles and pocket doors. Mike mixes steel and wood for a modern side table with floating shelves, while Robert brings in some old ceramic glove molds to sell in the store.

Friday
Jul 14
3pm | 2c
Season 7, Episode 7

19th Century Corncrib

The Salvage Dawgs go to Hamburg, PA, to carefully deconstruct a corncrib being sure to take plenty of notes and pictures so they can reassemble it accurately. Meanwhile, Tay thinks he's found a great deal on some antique horses and Grayson works on her welding skills helping Mike build a circular iron bar.

Friday
Jul 14
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 7, Episode 8

Storybook-Style House

Black Dog Salvage travels south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to save what they can from a storybook-style home in two days. The heat takes a toll on the team, but they find some unique chandeliers, sinks, windows and a nice Dutch door. Mike comes up with a functional design for a garment rack that can be rolled anywhere and Robert is excited about some old items that remind him of his Navy days.

Friday
Jul 14
4pm | 3c
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.

Friday
Jul 14
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 14
5pm | 4c
Season 7, Episode 11

Christiansburg House

The team travels down the road to Christiansburg to salvage an old home. They get some good meat and potatoes from the house, including the mantles, banisters and all the gingerbread trim. Also, Mike and Tay build a couch that can fit a Whiteside.

Friday
Jul 14
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 7, Episode 12

Park-n-Shop Grocery Store

The Black Dog Salvage crew heads to Mike's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, to check out the signage they can save from his very first job. Mike and Robert check out the Virginia Transportation Museum and learn that a new bank being built in Roanoke has a need for a large conference table.

Friday
Jul 14
6pm | 5c

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