I am ready to put in new equipment on our pad that include (all Pentair): C&C 400 sq ft filter, IntellifloXF VS pump, 140K BTU heat pump. I feel able to do the plumbing myself, but I understand that Pentair requires it to be "professionally" installed if they are to honor the 3 year warranty. Who is considered qualified in their book? The electrician who is running the circuit for the heat pump says he'd be happy to sign off on the job, but is not sure he would be recognized as a professional by Pentair (although he does a ton of pool related work on the electric side).
Relatedly, I was talking to a pool company about doing some babysitting of our pool during a few weeks while we are going to be away and he saw the equipment waiting to be installed. He wanted to do the job but when he found out that I had purchased the lot from Pool Supply Unlimited (BTW, great experience and great prices) he said I would never get the warranty even if he installed it. Then he tried to sell me a Hayward ozone/chlorine generator system and ended the call by saying his office would send me some info. Any truth to his claim about internet purchases and no warranty? I thought prior discussions here debunked that notion. I also lost faith in him when he recommended an ozonator (seems that ozone has little respect around here except for certain circumstances that don't apply to our pool).
Lastly, in planning out my plumbing runs, I have been able to reduce the number of bends in the primary circulation loop from 11 90° elbows to 5 90° elbows and 2 45° bends. Most of the existing 90° elbows are sharp corners and I'm planning on paying a bit more to get the 90° sweep elbows. Am I crazy to be sweating these details? For those in the know, will this do anything noticeable to improve efficiency of the circulation loop?