I'm getting ready to fire my wife's pool guys and take over her pool. After her pool has been having problems due to high PH I've been monitoring ph and having to add MA every day or two and it's not my thing. I quickly discovered it's unrealistic to expect to maintain a reasonable PH level in my wife's SWG pool by having a pool boy come once every two weeks. If I'm having to add small amounts of MA every day or two it doesn't make sense to have a pool guy, I might as well fire him and do it all. Adding MA every other day is not palatable to me so I'm going to add some borates to hopefully "lock in" the PH and TA levels and hopefully only have to add chemicals no more than once a week. If borates don't work I'm going to install an acid dispenser. I have a 10,000 gallon pool and I ordered 20lbs of boric acid today. Based on my understanding, if I have zero borates, 20lbs will put me at 42ppm. I would like to know where I need to have my water levels before I add the boric acid. I carried a water sample to the pool store yesterday and my PH was 8.1, TA was 53, CH was 238 and CYA was 30. I have added MA and brought my PH down to 7.5 and just finished adding 4.5lbs of baking soda to get my TA up to about 80. I plan on getting my PH and TA to a recommended level and verify thru the pool store again before I add the boric acid. Any help would be appreciated.