I wonder what happened.....
Phil C. Sr.
RF was definitely affecting my digital multimeter, causing the erroneous reading of 70v ac. I should've suspected this was the case, especially considering that my meter is a cheap Home Depot special, but for some reason it just didn't occur to me.
As I've mentioned before, this is a very temporary situation until I get the 240v line run.
Thanks for all the great feedback,