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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.

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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 5, Episode 3

Covington Church

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

Thursday
Mar 21
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 5

Trenton Central High School

The Salvage Dawgs team takes on a huge high school in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include fireclay sinks and oak cabinets. Mike and Tay build an N-shaped desk in the shop.

Thursday
Mar 21
2pm | 1c
Season 5, Episode 7

Return to Trenton High School

The Dawgs return to Trenton Central High School in Trenton, NJ. Key items found include four large clock faces and library ladders. In the shop, Mike and Tay build a table from an old jail bed.

Thursday
Mar 21
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 21
3pm | 2c
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.

Thursday
Mar 21
3:30pm | 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.

Thursday
Mar 21
4pm | 3c
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
Mar 21
4:30pm | 3:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 21
5pm | 4c
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
Mar 21
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 21
6pm | 5c
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
Mar 21
6:30pm | 5:30c
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.

Thursday
Mar 21
7pm | 6c
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.

Thursday
Mar 21
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 9, Episode 2

Laverock Hill Estate

The crew heads to Glenside, PA, to salvage a huge estate. The sprawling 1918 mansion gives the Dawgs a run for their money as they try to save columns, doors, mantles, bathtubs and more. Mike and Tay visit Rural Retreat to find a piece for a custom coffee table.

Wednesday
Mar 27
8pm | 7c
Season 9, Episode 4

Twin Capes Ferry

The crew heads to Norfolk, VA, to test their sea legs and salvage an obsolete ferry including lights, skylights and a mural. Back at the shop, Grayson helps Mike and Tay with a commissioned build for a fellow maker.

Wednesday
Mar 27
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 9, Episode 6

Return to K-Town

Mike and Tay build a commemorative clock for the town of Kannapolis, North Carolina, before the crew heads back to salvage items left behind on the first trip, including a large cupola, windows and a bank vault. Then, they head back to Roanoke to create a standing desk.

Wednesday
Mar 27
9pm | 8c
Season 9, Episode 8

Roanoke Shopping Center

The team heads to a local shopping center where they use some creative methods to salvage a large, decorative space frame, rolling doors and more. They also find great items from a pick in New Jersey they can repurpose to create amazing builds like a Bourbon Bar shelf.

Wednesday
Mar 27
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 9, Episode 10

Apple Barn

The team heads to Winchester, VA, to salvage an abandoned orchard barn but they must pick through years of trash and treasures before they begin. Mike, Tay and Grayson then put a pattern back together to create a chandelier base and new light after saving some barnwood and roof tin.

Wednesday
Mar 27
10pm | 9c
Season 9, Episode 12

Taylor Family Farm

The team heads to Yorktown, VA, to pick through an old farm and former Native American settlement. Mike and Tay handle the heavy lifting outside to save a galvanized steel boat, while Robert, Grayson and Ted tackle the farmhouse that features doors and hardware from the 1700s and 1800s.

Wednesday
Mar 27
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 9, Episode 13

Marine Salvage

Mike and Robert head to Amelia Island, Florida, and get lessons in diving and safety so they can salvage under water. They recover old ship parts from the bottom of the ocean and transform them into an original piece.

Wednesday
Mar 27
11pm | 10c
Season 9, Episode 11

Saving a Gem

The crew finds a gem with a log cabin tucked inside an old farmhouse, but they struggle to disassemble and demo the property due to the ever-increasing mud. The team must also meticulously document the placement of each beam, board and panel for when they rebuild the cabin for a lucky buyer.

Wednesday
Mar 27
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 9, Episode 6

Return to K-Town

Mike and Tay build a commemorative clock for the town of Kannapolis, North Carolina, before the crew heads back to salvage items left behind on the first trip, including a large cupola, windows and a bank vault. Then, they head back to Roanoke to create a standing desk.

Thursday
Mar 28
12am | 11c
Season 9, Episode 8

Roanoke Shopping Center

The team heads to a local shopping center where they use some creative methods to salvage a large, decorative space frame, rolling doors and more. They also find great items from a pick in New Jersey they can repurpose to create amazing builds like a Bourbon Bar shelf.

Thursday
Mar 28
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 9, Episode 10

Apple Barn

The team heads to Winchester, VA, to salvage an abandoned orchard barn but they must pick through years of trash and treasures before they begin. Mike, Tay and Grayson then put a pattern back together to create a chandelier base and new light after saving some barnwood and roof tin.

Thursday
Mar 28
1am | 12c
Season 9, Episode 12

Taylor Family Farm

The team heads to Yorktown, VA, to pick through an old farm and former Native American settlement. Mike and Tay handle the heavy lifting outside to save a galvanized steel boat, while Robert, Grayson and Ted tackle the farmhouse that features doors and hardware from the 1700s and 1800s.

Thursday
Mar 28
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 9, Episode 13

Marine Salvage

Mike and Robert head to Amelia Island, Florida, and get lessons in diving and safety so they can salvage under water. They recover old ship parts from the bottom of the ocean and transform them into an original piece.

Thursday
Mar 28
2am | 1c

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