For others who might be considering measuring voltages in a residential location such as 120V or 240V (still lethal) there is a good "general" model to follow.
A Netduino (or any other micro-controller) is generally designed to operate on 5V or less (3.3V in the case of a Netduino). It is not designed to survive the application of high voltages (think of it this way, if it would kill you, it will kill a Netduino).
The best approach is to keep the high voltage (or current) on a separate board from the Netduino,
There are many Digital Multi-Meters (DMMs) out there which will output their readings on a serial port. The DMMs are designed and tested to be safe and reliable for measuring voltages and currents within their design specification. You can connect such a DMM to a Netduino via the serial interface (you may or may not need a level shifter such as a MAX232 but that is another issue).
Here is a post where someone used a DMM from Radio Shack in conjunction with a computer: http://www.linuxtoys.org/dvm/dvm.html The price they paid for the DMM seems high (old post perhaps?), I know I bought one on sale (different model) for about $30.
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