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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. 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.

Saturday
Sep 12
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Thursday
Sep 24
1pm | 12c
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.

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, & 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. At Black Dog Salvage, 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 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.

Tuesday
Nov 15
1pm | 12c
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
Apr 30
7pm | 6c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
9pm | 8c
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.

Sunday
Apr 30
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Monday
May 1
12am | 11c
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
May 1
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Monday
May 1
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Sunday
May 7
7pm | 6c
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.

Sunday
May 7
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
May 7
8pm | 7c
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.

Sunday
May 7
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
May 7
9pm | 8c

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