This issue's tip is from Daniel Reddy at Villa Park, Ill.-based Reddy's Hardwood Flooring Inc.:
During glue-down installations we always keep hot glue on the job; it comes in handy in a couple ways. We will hot-glue blocks in place for starter rows, and we will also hot-glue blocks just in front of our last row for the day. We tap shims between the blocks and the last row to pull the flooring tight. This is especially useful in large areas where using straps may be inconvenient or impossible. The blocks are easy to pull up when they are no longer needed. Hope this helps someone!