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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 3, Episode 6

Nehi Bottling Plant

Mike and the team salvage large industrial doors from the old Nehi Bottling Plant in Covington, VA. Back at the shop, Robert and Tay work on a gate made from a bicycle. The guys also pick through a collection brought in by a local vendor.

Monday
Jun 22
2:30am | 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
Aug 1
12am | 11c
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.

Tuesday
Nov 17
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Nelson House

The Black Dog Salvage crew saves pieces of a house in Mt. Jackson, VA. Their main focus is on the clay-fired roof and on the oversized cornice brackets. Back in the woodshop, Mike makes a bench from an old dresser.

Saturday
Nov 28
7am | 6c
Season 4, Episode 11

Tully Choice Cabin

The Salvage Dawgs save steps and chimney rocks from a 1765 log cabin at Smith Mountain Lake. Gracie takes the team to a local glassblowing artist to make pieces for a chandelier. Robert and Ted also pick through a barn.

Saturday
Nov 28
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 3, Episode 12

Fringer Cannery

Mike, Robert, and the crew salvage an old iron ore mine that was converted into a cannery in the 1930s. Main items include a curved I-beam, oversized pressure-cookers, and a canning carousel. Back at the shop, Mike builds a custom bar from an old Cissell steam press table.

Friday
Dec 4
2pm | 1c
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.

Saturday
Dec 19
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Nehi Bottling Plant

Mike and the team salvage large industrial doors from the old Nehi Bottling Plant in Covington, VA. Back at the shop, Robert and Tay work on a gate made from a bicycle. The guys also pick through a collection brought in by a local vendor.

Saturday
Dec 19
2pm | 1c
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.

Sunday
Mar 20
11pm | 10c
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 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.

Wednesday
Jun 14
6:30pm | 5:30c
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.

Tuesday
Aug 8
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.

Tuesday
Aug 8
4pm | 3c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 4

Rising Sun Ranch

The Dawgs tackle a ranch house in Alderson, WV. Key items salvaged include stained glass and corbels. In the shop, Mike reuses timber to build a beam table.

Thursday
Aug 31
9am | 8c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
10am | 9c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
11am | 10c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
12pm | 11c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
1pm | 12c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Thursday
Aug 31
2pm | 1c
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
Aug 31
2:30pm | 1:30c

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