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Creative Genius: Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside of DIY's "Salvage Dawgs"

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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. 

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Season 1, Episode 3

Robert E. Lee Hotel

Robert, Mike and the Black Dog crew salvage the Robert E.Lee Hotel, a six-story luxury hotel built in 1926 in Lexington, Va. Key finds include a peg leg sink, French doors and pelican urinals. Mike and his daughter build a coffee table out of a salvaged panel and wood from the Izard House. The crew also picks through a junkyard in hopes of finding salvaged goods.

Sunday
Jan 10
10am | 9c
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.

Sunday
Feb 28
10pm | 9c
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.

Monday
Feb 29
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

Salvaging items in Boardman, OH, into repurposed goods

The Black Dog Salvage crew tackles removing a two-story terracotta theater facade in Boardman, OH. Back at the shop, Mike builds a bed frame from horse jump poles. The crew also brings in an expert to learn about a printing press they picked up in Petersburg, VA.

Thursday
Mar 3
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 5, Episode 2

Former First National Bank

The Salvage Dawgs take on the former first National Bank in Gastonia, NC. Key items salvaged include elevator parts and chicken wire windows. At the shop, Robert builds a bar out of a boat salvaged from Smith Mountain Lake.

Monday
Mar 7
1:30am | 12:30c
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.

Wednesday
Mar 16
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 3

Covington Church

The Salvage Dawgs work on Covington church and find tambour doors, stairs and a jukebox. Mike and Tay build a locker bench, then the crew finds a propane spotlight.

Tuesday
Mar 22
12pm | 11c
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.

Monday
Aug 8
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Aug 15
3am | 2c
Season 5, Episode 9

Wilberger Funeral Home

The Salvage Dawgs team saves parts of the Wilberger Funeral Home in New Hope, VA. Key items salvaged include an elevator and barn door hardware. Back in Roanoke, Mike and the guys build a collapsible bookcase.

Monday
Aug 29
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Portside Marina

The Dawgs save the bow and stern of a boat on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, VA. The team cuts up an old Chevy van for a commissioned wall art piece. New dogs Molly May and Stella make their debut.

Sunday
Sep 4
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 5
12am | 11c
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
Sep 21
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 1

Salvaging a House in Roanoke, VA, into Repurposed Housing Items

The entire Black Dog Salvage crew pitches in to help save parts of a house in Roanoke, VA. Main items include floors, trim, front porch columns, and a large built in cabinet. While salvaging, hosts Mike and Robert also search for buried treasure on the property. Back at the shop, Ted builds a fire pit and fountain from old syrup kettles.

Sunday
Sep 25
7pm | 6c
Season 2, Episode 3

Salvaging items from Columbus, Ohio, into repurposed goods

Mike, Robert, and the Black Dog Salvage guys tackle disassembling a 40 foot Eiffel Tower replica in Columbus, OH. While in Columbus, they meet a fellow salvager and pick through his collection. Grayson also builds a floor lamp with salvaged materials back at the warehouse.

Sunday
Sep 25
7:30pm | 6:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
8pm | 7c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
8:30pm | 7:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
9pm | 8c
Season 5, Episode 12

Little Chef Diner

The Dawgs stay in Roanoke to salvage an old diner sign. The crew also picks through a huge warehouse in Greensboro, NC. Back at the shop, the Whiteside family works together to build a clock from road signs.

Sunday
Sep 25
9:30pm | 8:30c
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.

Sunday
Sep 25
10pm | 9c
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 5, Episode 9

Wilberger Funeral Home

The Salvage Dawgs team saves parts of the Wilberger Funeral Home in New Hope, VA. Key items salvaged include an elevator and barn door hardware. Back in Roanoke, Mike and the guys build a collapsible bookcase.

Sunday
Sep 25
11pm | 10c
Season 5, Episode 11

Riverfront House

The Salvage Dawgs take on a Victorian house in Wellsville, OH. Key items salvaged include harlequin windows, corbels and front porch columns. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay build a wine rack from old brick molds.

Sunday
Sep 25
11:30pm | 10:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 26
12am | 11c
Season 5, Episode 12

Little Chef Diner

The Dawgs stay in Roanoke to salvage an old diner sign. The crew also picks through a huge warehouse in Greensboro, NC. Back at the shop, the Whiteside family works together to build a clock from road signs.

Monday
Sep 26
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Monday
Sep 26
1am | 12c

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