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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. 

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Season 6, Episode 4

Pickle Mansion

The Salvage Dawgs head to Knoxville, Tennessee, in hopes of salvaging the crumbling Pickle Mansion. The main items of interest are a copper frieze and columns. Mike discovers a fuel drop tank and he and Tay build a dresser kitchen island.

Wednesday
Aug 8
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 8
1pm | 12c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 8
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 8
2pm | 1c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 8
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Wednesday
Aug 8
3pm | 2c
Season 9, Episode 1

Downtown Kannapolis

Mike and Tay have a consultation for a project from a brewery but before they can start building they have to head to a salvage job in Kannapolis, NC. The project proves to be a large job where the Dawgs have to salvage a cupola, doors, bathrooms and porticos. Time is not on their side, either, as the whole town needs to be salvaged for an upcoming revitalization.

Wednesday
Aug 8
3:30pm | 2:30c
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
Aug 8
4pm | 3c
Season 9, Episode 3

Price Fuller Machine Shop

Mike, Robert, Grayson and Tay head over to the Machine Shop they bought to see what they can find. After sorting and sifting, the team finds items for new builds and knows the space will be great for Makers to create their own builds. As they're renovating the house on their property, they walk through to discover how many new builds are needed, causing Mike and Tay to start on the first, a coffee bar for the new space.

Wednesday
Aug 8
4:30pm | 3:30c
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
Aug 8
5pm | 4c
Season 9, Episode 9

Country Store and Gas Station

The crew heads to Grottoes, Virginia, to salvage and demolish an old country store. Using materials from the project, Mike and Robert create a tribute bench for a veterans' retreat.

Wednesday
Aug 8
5:30pm | 4:30c
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
Aug 8
6pm | 5c
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
Aug 8
6:30pm | 5:30c
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.

Wednesday
Sep 5
1pm | 12c
Season 9, Episode 1

Downtown Kannapolis

Mike and Tay have a consultation for a project from a brewery but before they can start building they have to head to a salvage job in Kannapolis, NC. The project proves to be a large job where the Dawgs have to salvage a cupola, doors, bathrooms and porticos. Time is not on their side, either, as the whole town needs to be salvaged for an upcoming revitalization.

Wednesday
Sep 5
1:30pm | 12:30c
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.

Wednesday
Sep 5
2pm | 1c
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
Sep 5
2:30pm | 1:30c
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.

Wednesday
Sep 5
3pm | 2c
Season 9, Episode 3

Price Fuller Machine Shop

Mike, Robert, Grayson and Tay head over to the Machine Shop they bought to see what they can find. After sorting and sifting, the team finds items for new builds and knows the space will be great for Makers to create their own builds. As they're renovating the house on their property, they walk through to discover how many new builds are needed, causing Mike and Tay to start on the first, a coffee bar for the new space.

Wednesday
Sep 5
3:30pm | 2:30c
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.

Wednesday
Sep 5
4pm | 3c
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
Sep 5
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

Beechcraft Airplane Salvage

The Salvage Dawgs try something a little different by bidding on a 1947 Beechcraft airplane. Mike goes a little over budget to win the auction and the crew has to hire professionals to figure out how to disassemble it properly. Meanwhile, Mike and Tay build a functional shelf out of a mantle and Mike brings in an old piece of farm equipment to Robert's dismay.

Wednesday
Sep 5
5pm | 4c
Season 9, Episode 9

Country Store and Gas Station

The crew heads to Grottoes, Virginia, to salvage and demolish an old country store. Using materials from the project, Mike and Robert create a tribute bench for a veterans' retreat.

Wednesday
Sep 5
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 7, Episode 11

Christiansburg House

The team travels down the road to Christiansburg to salvage an old home. They get some good meat and potatoes from the house, including the mantles, banisters and all the gingerbread trim. Also, Mike and Tay build a couch that can fit a Whiteside.

Wednesday
Sep 5
6pm | 5c
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
Sep 5
6:30pm | 5:30c
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
Sep 5
7pm | 6c

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