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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 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. Back at the shop, Mike builds a custom hostess stand for a local restaurant in Leesville, VA.

Sunday
Jun 14
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 3

Old Robeson County Jail

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

Monday
Aug 24
12am | 11c
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.

Saturday
Sep 12
3pm | 2c
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
Sep 13
1am | 12c
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. Back at the shop, Mike builds a custom hostess stand for a local restaurant in Leesville, VA.

Saturday
Dec 19
6:30pm | 5:30c
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.

Tuesday
Jan 19
7pm | 6c
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.

Thursday
Mar 3
5pm | 4c
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.

Sunday
Sep 4
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Thursday
Oct 6
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Salvaging Items in Norfolk and Petersburg Into Repurposed Goods

The Black Dog Salvage crew splits up for the week. Robert and Grayson salvage a spiral staircase in Norfolk, while Mike and the guys pick through a restoration shop in Petersburg. Back at the shop, the crew pays homage to their old red truck by turning it into a bench.

Wednesday
Oct 19
1pm | 12c
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.

Thursday
Nov 3
12:30pm | 11:30c
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 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.

Sunday
Sep 24
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 24
9pm | 8c
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.

Sunday
Sep 24
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
12am | 11c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
9am | 8c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
10am | 9c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 25
11am | 10c
Season 7, Episode 13

Burlington Wall Unit

The teams visits Burlington, NC, to save an old apothecary unit from a 1930s pharmacy. Then, Mike and Robert search for some new patterns for the shop in West Virginia, while Grayson builds a console.

Monday
Sep 25
11:30am | 10:30c

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