wish to tear the wall between kitchen and dinning (orange arrow). Not sure if it is load bearing.


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That wall is supporting ceiling joists so you can't simply remove it.

It's not carrying any roof or floor load as far as I can tell, so luckily no significant loads. If you want to clear span 13', use a 2 ply 1-3/4" x 9-1/2" 2.0E LVL. 1.55E LSL would be fine too, but that can be hard to find sometimes.

Typically remodelers try to put these types of beams up in the ceiling so they don't have to have a dropped beam with a soffit. They put the beam on top of the ceiling joists and use metal straps or strap hangers to carry each ceiling joist from above. The 2x6 ceiling joists will typically overlap a bit at the wall, so a 3" wide hanger every 16" can usually support both ceiling joists at the same time. It's a goofy way to do it, but each hanger would be carrying 200 lbs max so it could technically be done with just SDS screws but it's too much work to explain that to an inspector. They use hangers just to pass inspection easier.

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    Putting the beam over the ceiling joists is the only sure way to keep the roof from sagging. It will keep the splice at the removed wall intact. Doing so will keep gravity from separating the ceiling joists as gravity pushes down on the roof. Putting the beam in so the bottom is flush with the ceiling, means cutting the joists to allow the beam in, then strapping the joists back together so it does not separate. Over the joists is actually much simpler. I opened up the gable end and slid it into the attic that way. The house had vinyl siding, so it was a easy replacement.
    – Jack
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 18:13

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