If you are using a digital multimeter to check the hot to ground voltage,
and are seeing 60 volts, then chances are the ground wire is totally
disconnected somewhere between the breaker panel's ground buss strip and
the place where you're testing. Tthe voltage reading you are getting is
probably just occurring through capacitive coupling between the ground
wire and the neutral wire. You definitely should get 120V between black
and ground if the ground is as it should be.
Since you are getting as much as 60 volts, I'd bet that you won't find the
break right at the outlet you are checking, I'd think there would have to
be quite a few feet of wire to have enough capacitance to push the meter
that high on a 60 Hz circuit.
Look for and fix the break in the ground lead.
Let us know what you find.
Happy New Year,
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone
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