wall outlet: ground wire connected to a silver screw?

Old 12-29-13, 12:46 PM
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wall outlet: ground wire connected to a silver screw?

Hi All,
Moved into a new (to me) house recently; one of the outlets in the house is a 2-prong outlet, the rest are 3. I opened the cover plate of the 2-pronger, and saw 3 wires. A white wire connected to the silver screw (good), a black wire connected to the bronze screw (also good), and a ground wire connected to the other silver screw (!?). Why would someone do this? My first impulse was just to replace the 2-prong outlet with a standard 3-prong, and connect the ground wire to a green screw, where it belongs.
But someone did this for a reason, right? Am I missing something?
Old 12-29-13, 01:09 PM
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Either someone did not know what they were doing or a neutral may have failed and the fix was to use the ground. This is wrong and should be fixed. A potentially hazardous condition has been created.

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