It's possible to simply use brads to attach the side stops. When using brads I pre-drill a pilot hole in the old stop for the brad to prevent splitting the stop.
Round-head screw and washer
At my house I have the stops originally fastened with brads. I am upgrading mine to simple flat-head wood screws, because I want to be able to easily removed the stops and sashes for future maintenance and this method costs less than side stop adjusters. I use #10 x 1 1/4" flat-heads and pre-drill a counter-sunk shank hole in the stop, and a pilot-hole in the jamb.
Side Stop Adjusters
They are the high end delux method of fastening the interior stop to the jamb, which holds the lower sash in place. They were developed so that the stops could be adjusted seasonally, in the winter putting them up tight to the sash to limit air infiltration, and loosening them up in the summer for easy sash movement. They cost about a dollar each.
Removing & installing sash, temporary boardup, frame & sill repairs, wall sealing, frame & trim painting.
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