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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 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.

Monday
Jul 6
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Return to Geyser Gulch

The Dawgs return to Geyser Gulch at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Key items this time include a birdhouse, oversized frying pans, and water guns. Back at the warehouse, Mike builds a garden arbor out of two doors.

Sunday
Jul 12
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Jul 26
11:30pm | 10:30c
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
Jul 27
2am | 1c
Season 4, Episode 1

Geyser Gulch

The Dawgs salvage the amusement park attraction, Geyser Gulch, at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Key items include a water tower, air pressure guns, and a blue slide. While at the shop, Mike builds a custom hostess stand for a local restaurant in Leesville, VA.

Friday
Jul 31
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Sunday
Aug 23
11pm | 10c
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
Oct 31
4pm | 3c
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.

Sunday
Feb 28
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Salvaging Items from a Foursquare Farmhouse in Roanoke, VA

The Black Dog Salvage crew take on a foursquare farmhouse in Roanoke, VA. Key items include colonnades, pocket doors, and a large front door. Back at the shop, Mike works on building a tailgater grill unit for a customer.

Thursday
Mar 3
3pm | 2c
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
Apr 10
9pm | 8c
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
Aug 28
9pm | 8c
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 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.

Monday
Sep 26
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
11am | 10c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
11:30am | 10:30c
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
Feb 15
12pm | 11c
Season 6, Episode 6

Free Will House

The Salvage Dawg team travels to Free Will House in Huntington, West Virginia, where they salvage a bathtub, sitz bath and kitchen cabinets. Ted and Mike buy a butter churn for the shop, and Tay and Mike build a wall TV shutter console in the shop.

Wednesday
Feb 15
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
1pm | 12c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
2pm | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
3pm | 2c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
4pm | 3c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 15
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 6, Episode 3

Vaughan Furniture Company

The Salvage Dawgs head to the Vaughan Furniture Company in Galax, Virginia. Mike and Ted struggle to salvage a heavy furniture press while Robert is slowed down by explosion-proof lights. Mike and Grayson build a chair with pieces from an old suitcase and Robert discovers a vintage TV and radio.

Wednesday
Feb 15
5pm | 4c

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