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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 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.

Wednesday
Aug 12
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 10

Salvaging Items From an Apple Orchard Into Repurposed Goods

The Black Dog Salvage crew head into the mountains to salvage different structures of an old apple orchard. Key finds include roof tin, apple picking ladders, and apple crates. Robert also helps Ted build a commissioned iron gate.

Thursday
Sep 24
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Terracotta Silo

The Dawgs struggle to take down a terracotta silo in Bedford, VA. While in town, Mike takes Tay and Grayson to visit the National D-Day Memorial. Back at the shop, Mike builds a coffee table from an old factory cart.

Sunday
Oct 11
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Return to Geyser Gulch

The Dawgs return to Geyser Gulch at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Key items this time include a birdhouse, oversized frying pans and water guns. Back at the warehouse, Mike builds a garden arbor out of two doors.

Tuesday
Nov 17
3pm | 2c
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 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.

Wednesday
Mar 16
12:30pm | 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 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 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.

Monday
Oct 3
12am | 11c
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. In the shop, Mike builds a wine tasting table from an old lamppost and barrel staves.

Tuesday
Dec 13
11:30am | 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.

Thursday
Apr 6
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Thursday
Nov 16
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

Pinehurst Steam Plant

The Dawgs head to Pinehurst, NC, to salvage an old steam plant that used to run the town. After working together to remove an old transom, Grayson and Robert remove some cool valves while Mike discovers some additional salvage in a shed near the building. Back at the shop, Grayson helps build a bar and Robert brings in an unusual find that usually doesn't mesh well with the Dawgs.

Wednesday
Jan 17
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 8, Episode 1

Former United Methodist Church

The Salvage Dawgs head to Laurel, Delaware, to salvage what they can from a former Methodist church that fell victim to water damage. The team removes pews, a bronze bell and a 'greenhouse' skylight before heading back to the shop to work on a beam console.

Wednesday
Apr 25
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 8, Episode 3

Pinehurst Steam Plant

The Dawgs head to Pinehurst, NC, to salvage an old steam plant that used to run the town. After working together to remove an old transom, Grayson and Robert remove some cool valves while Mike discovers some additional salvage in a shed near the building. Back at the shop, Grayson helps build a bar and Robert brings in an unusual find that usually doesn't mesh well with the Dawgs.

Wednesday
Apr 25
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 5

Teacherage

The Salvage Dawgs head to Henderson, NC, to salvage parts from an old home that used to house young female teachers. Tay and Robert begin removing the attic ladder and door while Grayson and Ted tackle the interior doors. After removing the door, archway and columns from the front entrance, the team begins removing the home's fire escape. Back at the shop, Mike and Tay begin a custom hall tree using doors from a previous salvage.

Wednesday
Apr 25
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 25
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 9

Navy SEAL Boat

The Salvage Dawgs travel to a shipyard in Norfolk, VA, to salvage a boat once used for Navy SEAL insertions. The Dawgs manage to salvage some key items, but their energy and patience is tested once they realize the boat won't fit on the trailer.

Wednesday
Apr 25
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 8, Episode 11

C&O Railway

The team travels to Clifton Forge, Virginia, to conquer C&O Railway's vast repair space. Using force and lots of tools, they work to salvage the steam engine repair plant by saving railway bases and corrugated glass. Later, the guys take apart a baby grand piano and repurpose it into a shelf.

Wednesday
Apr 25
11am | 10c
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.

Wednesday
Apr 25
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 8, Episode 12

Splitting Up Jobs

Robert sends Tay and Grayson to salvage on their own in Salem, Virginia, until the crew comes together to help finish the job. Mike and Ted travel to Norfolk, VA, to pick up a special nautical structure for a client, then Tay and Mike build a nautical chandelier for the same buyer.

Wednesday
Apr 25
12pm | 11c
Season 8, Episode 10

Parkville Farmhouse

The team heads to Parkville, MD, to salvage a classic farmhouse. Working on the outside the Dawgs remove steel from the front porch, doors, and windows while indoors they work to remove radiators, banisters and wainscoting. With the house picked clean, Mike rewards the Dawgs with indoor skydiving! Once back in the shop, Mike and Tay build an ironwood coffee table.

Wednesday
Apr 25
12:30pm | 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
Apr 30
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Apr 30
9am | 8c
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.

Monday
Apr 30
9:30am | 8:30c
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
Apr 30
10am | 9c

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