They are two different tools or implements; of the latter, a connotation not of the tool itself, but the approach to take. In grammar (do we even teach that in schools, anymore?), the term “implement” can be either a noun or a verb. As a noun, it is a tool, utensil or other piece of equipment. As a verb, it means to act upon a decision made or plan devised. In either meaning, it is the application of X upon Y, as a tool to use or a decision to move forward upon.
As to the specific tools — the hammer or the screwdriver — the application of either depends upon the work to be done. As metaphors, they denote differing approaches. The way of the hammer is to pound whatever it is which needs to be driven in; the approach of the screwdriver is to slowly and methodically twist and turn the screw until it attaches and secures the two or more surfaces which previously remained separate and apart. The manner and approach between the two differ considerably, but both in their completion manage to do the job required.
In Law, the two approaches require thought and planning. The “hammer” approach, of pounding the law aggressively; the “screwdriver” way, of a quieter, more persuasive tone. The choice between the two depends upon the circumstance, the audience, the goal and the plan. For Federal Disability Retirement applicants, the manner and approach of applying the law is important. What you say; how you say it; the hammer approach or the screwdriver manner — that is the province of an experienced lawyer.
Contact a FERS attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and consider whether in preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal or Postal Disability Retirement application under the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, you should use the hammer approach, or the screwdriver methodology.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.