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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 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.

Sunday
Oct 14
9:30pm | 8:30c
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
Oct 14
10pm | 9c
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.

Sunday
Oct 14
10:30pm | 9:30c
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.

Sunday
Oct 14
11pm | 10c
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
Oct 14
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 9, Episode 5

Return to the Ferry

The team returns to the Norfolk, VA, ferry to get the large items that were left behind, including a crow's nest and staircase. Mike and Robert have a consultation in Pawleys Island, SC, and once the team returns to Roanoke, they get busy on the build so they can deliver to the customers.

Monday
Oct 15
12am | 11c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
12:30am | 11:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
1am | 12c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
1:30am | 12:30c
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
Oct 15
2am | 1c
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
Oct 15
2:30am | 1:30c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
3am | 2c
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.

Monday
Oct 15
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.

Friday
Oct 19
9am | 8c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 5

Mine Master's House

The Salvage Dawgs travel to Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in order to reclaim items from an old mine master's house. They are surprised to find much of the house picked over before they arrive. Robert and Grayson struggle with flooring while Mike cuts structural beams out of the house. Tay discovers a drill press that brings out Robert's skepticism, and Robert and Tay build a license plate table.

Friday
Oct 19
10am | 9c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
11am | 10c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
12pm | 11c
Season 7, Episode 10

Lexington Burnout House

The team goes to Lexington, VA, to see what they can save from a fire-damaged house that had recently been converted to apartments. Mike and Robert work on removing a large door while Grayson and Tay work the perimeter of the house. The build doesn't go as planned, however, forcing Mike to get creative with his problem-solving skills. Meanwhile, Robert and Mike get good news on an appraisal of a shuffleboard table they recently acquired in Greensboro, NC.

Friday
Oct 19
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
1pm | 12c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
2pm | 1c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Friday
Oct 19
3pm | 2c

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